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Patu: The New Zealand wars

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Patu: The New Zealand wars – by Gavin Bishop

A stunning large format hardback, complete with foldout maps of key pā, villages and battle sites, this is a book to engross children and adults, bringing to life a complex period of Aotearoa’s past that has urgent relevance for our present and future.

Discover the key people, perspectives and battles of the New Zealand Wars in this powerfully told and richly illustrated visual history by Gavin Bishop.

Auē! Te mamae!
Navigate the defining moments of the wars, visit the battle sites and explore the sweeping change that took place in Aotearoa during the 19th century.

Guiding readers through the bitter armed clashes over land and sovereignty, PATU is an essential book for every home, school and library.

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About the Author/Illustrator

Gavin Bishop (Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Mahuta & Tainui descent) has written and illustrated many children’s books, and has won numerous awards both in New Zealand and overseas.

Other books available by Gavin Bishop at Poi Princess include:

Maui and the Goddess of fire


Kiwi moon

Amazing Aotearoa Activity book

Counting the stars: Four Māori myths

Taming the sun: Four Māori myths

Aotearoa The NZ Story

Wildlife of Aotearoa

Atua: Māori Gods and heroes

Mihi (Board book)

Koro (Board book)

E hoa (Board book)

Matariki (Board book)


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