Vincent O'Malley

Dr Vincent O'Malley's The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 was named the New Zealand Herald Book of the Year 2016, and his latest book, The New Zealand Wars, is to be released just before the festival.

Vincent is a professional historian engaged in the Treaty of Waitangi claims process since 1993, and is among voices calling for more New Zealand history in schools.

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Festival sessions

Our Heritage 

- in conversation with Ron Crosby

8.45am-12pm, Friday 5 July, MV Odyssea Cruise (departing Marlborough Tour Company - Town Wharf #5, Picton Marina 9am), $125 

Come and cruise the beautiful Marlborough Sounds aboard Marlborough Tour Company's MV Odyssea. Enjoy brunch and gain insight into some of the lesser-known aspects of Aotearoa history, including the Wairau Afray, with Dr Vincent O’Malley in conversation with Marlborough-based historian Ron Crosby.


The New Zealand Wars 

- in conversation with Ron Crosby

10am-11am, Saturday 6 July, ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20 

Following on from his best-selling The Great War For New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000, Dr Vincent O’Malley’s new book released in May 2019, The New Zealand Wars, provides an essential account of the series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation’s history. 

He talks with Marlborough-based historian Ron Crosby about the conflicts and their legacy, including the calamitous clash at Tuamarina known as the Wairau Affray.


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