New Zealand Military History

Listed below are some of the books that may help you to uncover the extraordinary stories of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served in New Zealand’s military forces.


  • Barber, L., Red coat to jungle green: New Zealand's army in peace and war (Wellington: INL Print, 1984)
  • Cooke, P., Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea, 1840-1950s, 2. Vols. (Wellington: Defence of New Zealand Study Group, c2000)
  • Corbett, D. A., The regimental badges of New Zealand: an illustrated history of the badges and insignia worn by the New Zealand Army (Auckland: R. Richards, 1980)
  • Fenton, D. M., A false sense of security. The force structure of the New Zealand Army 1946-1978 (Wellington: Centre for Strategic Studies, 1998)
  • Harker, J. S., The birth and growth of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Edinburgh: Pentland Press, 2001)
  • Harper, G. and Hayward, J. (eds.), Born to Lead? Portraits of New Zealand Commanders (Auckland: Exile Publishing Ltd, 2003)
  • Harper, G. and Richardson, C., In the face of the enemy: the complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand (Auckland: HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Howard, G., The navy in New Zealand: an illustrated history (Wellington: Reed, 1981)
  • King, M., New Zealanders at war (Auckland: Heinemann, 1981)
  • Laffin, J., Anzacs at war: the story of Australian and New Zealand battles (London: Abelard-Schuman, c1965)
  • McGibbon, I. (ed.), The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • McGibbon, I., Blue-water rationale: the naval defence of New Zealand 1914-1942 (Wellington: Govt Printer, 1981)
  • McGibbon, I., The Path to Gallipoli: Defending New Zealand 1840-1915 (Wellington: GP Books, 1991)
  • McIntyre, W. D., New Zealand prepares for war: defence policy 1919-39 (Christchurch: University of Canterbury Press with assistance from Historical Branch Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, c1988)
  • Pugsley, C. (ed.), Kiwis in conflict: 200 years of New Zealanders at war (Auckland: David Bateman, 2008)
  • Pugsley, C. (ed.), Scars on the heart: two centuries of New Zealand at war (Auckland: David Bateman, 1996)
  • Taylor, R., Tribe of the War God: Ngati Tumatauenga (Napier: Heritage, 1996)
  • Taylor, T. D., New Zealand's naval story: naval policy and practice, naval occasions, visiting warships (Wellington: Reed, 1948)
  • Thomas, M. and Lord, C. (eds.), New Zealand Army distinguishing patches 1911-1991 (Wellington: M. Thomas and C. Lord, 1995)
  • Thomson, J., Warrior Nation: New Zealanders at the front, 1900-2000 (Christchurch: Hazard Press, 2000)
  • Wicksteed, M. R., The New Zealand Army: a history from the 1840s to the 1980s (Wellington: Govt Printer, 1982)
  • Wolfe, R., On active service: New Zealand at war (Auckland: Whitcoulls, 2004)
  • Wolfe, R., With Honour. Our Army, Our Nation, Our History (North Shore, NZ: Viking, 2007)
  • Wright, M., Blue water Kiwis: New Zealand's naval story (Auckland: Reed, 2001)
  • Wright, M., New Zealand's military heroism (Auckland: Reed, 2007)

New Zealand Wars:

  • Ballara, A., Taua: 'musket wars', 'land wars' or tikanga?: warfare in Māori society in the early nineteenth century (Auckland: Penguin, 2003)
  • Belich, J., The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1986)
  • Bohan, E., Climates of war: New Zealand in conflict 1859-69 (Christchurch.: Hazard Press., 2005)
  • Cowan, J., The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period, 2 vols (Wellington: Government Printers, 1922-23)
  • Crosby, R. D., The musket wars: a history of inter-iwi conflict, 1806-45 (Auckland: Reed, 1999)
  • Finlay, N., Sacred soil: images and stories of the New Zealand Wars (Auckland: Random House, 1998)
  • Keenan, D., Wars without end (North Shore, NZ: Penguin, 2009)
  • Maxwell, P., Frontier: the battle for the North Island of New Zealand, 1860-1872 (Auckland: Celebrity Books for Waitekauri Pub., 2000)
  • Moorhead, M., First in arms. New Zealand's colonial fighters Taranaki War 1860-61 (New Plymouth: Zenith Pub., 2004)
  • Prickett, N., Landscapes of conflict: a field guide to the New Zealand Wars (Auckland: Random House, 2002)
  • Ryan, T. and Parham, W. T., The colonial New Zealand wars (Wellington: Grantham House, c1986)
  • Stowers, R. and Binsley, J. E., Forest Rangers: a history of the Forest Rangers during the New Zealand Wars (Hamilton: R. Stowers, 1996)
  • Wright, M., Two peoples, one land: the New Zealand Wars (Auckland: Reed, 2006)

South African War:

  • Crawford, J. and Ellis, E., To Fight for Empire: An Illustrated History of New Zealand and the South African War, 1899-1902 (Auckland: Reed, 1999)
  • Crawford, J. and McGibbon, I. (eds.), One flag, one queen, one tongue: New Zealand, the British Empire and the South African War, 1899-1902 (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2003)
  • Hall, D. O. W., The New Zealanders in South Africa 1899-1902 (Wellington: War History Branch, 1949)
  • Stowers, R., Kiwi versus Boer: the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War (Hamilton: R. Stowers, 1992)
  • Stowers, R., Rough Riders at war (Hamilton: R. Stowers, 2004)
This page was last reviewed on 27 July 2009.