This chapter opening from James Cowan's The New Zealand wars (volume one) shows the writer's talent for setting a scene and creating a sense of drama. It also reveals why this work of history remains relevant and readable in the 21st century: it presents both Pākehā and Māori perspectives on events, based on the testimony of survivors of the wars.
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Reference: James Cowan, the New Zealand wars: a history of the Maori campaigns and the pioneering period, volume 1. Wellington: Government printer, 1922-3, p. 25
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