Category: New Zealand


2 NZ Division Timeline – Rimini Airfield, Italy

This WW2 timeline picks up 2 New Zealand Division as they, in conjunction with 3 Greek Mountain Brigade, approach Rimini. The timeline covers the period 12-21 Sep 1944.

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Order of Battle of 2 New Zealand Division

Order of battle for 2 New Zealand Division during WW2. The organisations are primarily based on Phillips (1957, p. 27), Doherty (1999), and Plowman, J. and Thomas, M. (2000, 2002). I have ignored HQ (unless it included armoured vehicles), transport, support, administration, and band elements.

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Wargaming the Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa

The Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa (‘The Bat’s Nest’) was the last engagement of Hone Heki’s War.

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New Zealand’s Wars: Kiwis fighting at home and abroad

I had been studying Luso-Spanish military history for many years when a friend asked me: “What do you know about your own history? New Zealand History?” Frankly, at that time I had to admit I knew virtually nothing. I have tried to overcome that ignorance, although I’ve never quite managed to write up very much.

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Challenges of Wargaming the New Zealand Wars

The New Zealand Wars pose a severe challenge for the wargamer. The challenge derives from a combination of the following three factors:

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Wargaming the Battle of Te Ahuahu

There is much in the description of the Battle of Te Ahuahu that can inform a wargaming refight.

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Wargaming Boulcott’s Farm 16 May 1846

Brief thoughts on wargaming Boulcott’s Farm (16 May 1846).

Timeline of Hone Heke’s War 1845-46

The first of the New Zealnd Wars has several alternative names, including The First Maori War, The Northern War, and Hone Heke’s War. I prefer the last name as it was Hone Heke that started the war and gave it real flavour. And Hone Heke is one of my two favourite characters of the NZ wars (the other is Titokawaru – more on him later).

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Timeline of the First Taranaki War 1860

In early June the Atiawa and Ngati Maniapoto allies began building a pa at Puketakauere, a mile from the British field base at Camp Waitara and in full sight of it. This posed certain problems for the British. It restricted their movement, and endangered their supply lines and the security of the camp.

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Sources for the New Zealand Wars

Annotated bibliography for the New Zealand Wars.

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Timeline of the Conflict in the Hutt 1846

After Hone Heke’s War the focus of the New Zealand Wars shifed to the Hutt Valley near Wellington.

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Wargaming Scenarios for the New Zealand Wars

These are my rough initial thoughts on wargaming scenarios for the New Zealand Wars. They are nominally for my DBA Variant for the New Zealand Wars , although if I had a go at them myself I’d try my variant of Crossfire instead. I haven’t played any of them yet, as I haven’t resolved the challenges of wargaming the New Zealand wars. None the less you might find these useful. If you have any bright ideas, then please contact me.

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Painting Guide for the New Zealand Wars

This is the painting guide I gave to Nigel Fun-nell who painted by kit for the New Zealand Wars.

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Strategic Aims and Objectives in Hone Heke’s War

The protagonists in the New Zealand Wars had differing strategic aims and objectives. I’ve summarised those from Hone Heke’s War of 1845-46. The three protagonist groups in this war were the Government, the resisting Maori and the collaborating Maori. Maori on both sides of the conflict were from the Ngapuhi tribe and this had an impact on their conduct of the war.

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British Order of Battle in the New Zealand Wars

Some Orders of Battle for the British / Europeans of the New Zealand Wars.

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