Events In History
22 December 1916Future PM Fraser charged with sedition
Peter Fraser's trial at the Wellington Magistrates' Court was the sequel to an anti-conscription speech. A number of union leaders were charged with the same crime. Fraser was convicted and served 12 months in gaol. Read more...
Page 1 – Māori and the First World War
Some Maori supported the First World War and joined up. Others, remembering the pain of the 19th-century land wars, opposed the war effort.
Page 3 – Resistance to conscription
In his recruitment waiata, 'Te ope tuatahi', Ngata made it clear that the replacement recruits that he and his colleagues had raised all came from the East Coast tribes of
Page 1 – Conscientious objection in the First World War
There are always supporters and opponents of a country fighting a war. Over 2500 conscientious objectors lost their civil rights in New Zealand for refusing to serve in the
Page 2 – Military Service Act
The Military Service Act 1916 allowed limited exemption from service. Men who were exempted had to be prepared to provide alternative non-combatant service in New Zealand or
Page 3 – Socialist objection
Many socialist and labour leaders criticised the First World War as an imperialist war and strongly opposed conscription. New Zealand workers, they argued, had no quarrel with
Page 4 – Pacifist objection
Pacifists and Christian socialists opposed the war on moral or religious grounds.
Page 5 – Māori objection
Māori served in the First World War in the Native Contingent. At home, there was some strong Māori opposition to conscription.
Page 2 – Dominion of New Zealand
Facts and statistics about New Zealand during the First World War.
- Page 2 - Dominion of New ZealandFacts and statistics about New Zealand during the First World
Page 5 – The war at home
New Zealand played a small but useful part in the British Empire's war effort, and its essential war aim was achieved with the defeat of Germany and its allies in late 1918.
- Page 5 - The war at homeNew Zealand played a small but useful part in the British Empire's war effort, and its essential war aim was achieved with the defeat of Germany and its allies in late 1918. New
Page 8 – Politics, patriotism and protest
Although New Zealand seafarers served in many hostile theatres, some questioned the politics of the war.
- Page 8 - Politics, patriotism and protestAlthough New Zealand seafarers served in many hostile theatres, some questioned the politics of the
Hērangi, Te Kirihaehae Te Puea (Princess Te Puea)
Biography of Te Puea Hērangi, granddaughter of the second Māori King. Te Puea was a prominent advocate for Tainui in the first half of the twentieth century.Read more...
Baxter, Archibald McColl Learmond
Archibald Baxter's memoir, We will not cease, is a powerful account of dissent and its consequences, and has become a classic of New Zealand literature.Read more...
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- archibald baxter
- james k baxter
- peter fraser
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- 1913 strike
- trade unions
- ottoman empire
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- gallipoli campaign
- british empire
- dominion of new zealand
- palestine campaign
- workers rights
- paddy webb
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- te puea herangi
- land confiscation
- pacific islanders
- rua kenana
- native contingent
- WW1 home front
- waikato river
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