Post-Colonialism and the Reinterpretation of New Zealand’s Colonial Narrative: The Wairua Massacre

Andrew K. S. Piper


Post-colonialism has provided the means by which contemporary historians can challenge the previously held notions of national history and folklore. Using the specific example of the Wairua Affray, an early violent confrontation between settlers and Maori in New Zealand, this paper demonstrates how post-colonialism enriches and provides a more accurate, balanced and nuanced comprehension of past events. The creation of a new collective understanding of the past contributes to improving race relations between different peoples and the lands they inhabit.


Post-colonialism; Colonial History; New Zealand Wars;

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