The Wall Walk

If you only ever read one book on NZ history...

I would recommend this one

By the late, great Dr Ranginui Walker, it covers all of the topics in The Wall Walk and more! If you have difficulty getting hold of a new copy, try buying one second-hand.

The National Library has a growing range of relevant recordings that you can access online. The videos below will also help grow your knowledge of Wall Walk-related material.

Judge Joe Williams’s 2019 Robin Cooke lecture, “Build a Bridge and Get Over It: The Role of Colonial Dispossession in Contemporary Indigenous Offending and What We Should Do About It”.

Dr Moana Jackson’s 16 Nov 2017 public lecture, “Why did Māori never have prisons?”.

If you have access to Netflix, check out the feature-length documentary “13th” based on Michelle Alexander’s book.

Hilary Cottam talks about “inverting the system”, through inversions of time and inversions of power. This is all part of the transformation she argues for from “transactional welfare” to “relational welfare”. At the heart of her thinking is the idea that the welfare system should be focussed on creating capability not managing dependence. For her, one of the best ways of creating capability is by broadening our social connections – creating groups that have people from different backgrounds with different skills, connections and experiences to share.

James Belich’s New Zealand Wars documentary collection on YouTube.

Lessons from a Recovering Racist, TEDTalk from Andrew Judd the former Mayor of New Plymouth, an advocate of Māori wards in local Government.


From Egmont to Taranaki
Black Sheep
The Aotearoa History Show
Once a Panther
The lake
Fried bread podcasts

Fried Bread talks to people who work for Government Departments in Aotearoa about their experiences and how they are trying to do the best for Māori. It is humble and intimate and aims to interrogate the yucky parts of ourselves and in the process nourish our wairua with a bit of bravery and a laugh or two. It is a monthly release, from February 2020, and is 30 to 45 minutes long. Interviewees can be anonymous if they want to and cannot name or shame anyone or their workplace. The interviewees could be on the frontline doing the hard yards, at a regional office taking the credit for the frontline work or at the national office thinking they are making relevant things. (That was a joke.)

More Books:

The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa

Catherine Comyn

Privilege in Perpetuity

Peter Meihana

The Fate of the Land

Danny Keenan

The Ngai Tahu Deeds

Harry C Evison

He Kupu Taurangi - Treaty Settlements and the Future of Aotearoa New Zealand

Christopher Finlayson and James Christmas

The New Zealand Wars

Vincent O'Malley

Voices from the New Zealand Wars - He Reo Nō Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa

Vincent O'Malley

No Māori Allowed

Robert E. Bartholomew

My Journey

Donna Awatere-Huata

The Road to Hell

Elizabeth Stanley

Te Maiharoa and the Promised Land

Buddy Mikaere

Reform: A Memoir

Geoffrey Palmer

The Story of Parihaka

Dick Scott

A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields

Philip Temple

Ko Taranaki Te Maunga

Rachel Buchanan

The Great War for New Zealand Waikato 1800–2000

Vincent O’Malley

Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest

Aroha Harris

The Penguin History of New Zealand

Michael King

Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Māori In the First World War

Monty Soutar

Radical Help

Hilary Cottam

The Haka Party Incident

Kayleen Hazlehurst

The Platform

Melani Anae


Dr Carla Houkamau and Anton Blank

Juridical Encounters

Shaunnagh Dorsett


Paul Moon

Te Puea

Michael King

Healing Our History

Robert Consedine & Joanna Consedine

Paradise Reforged

James Belich

He Tipua

Ranginui Walker

Te Wai Pounamu – The Greenstone Island

Harry C Evison

Days of Darkness, Taranaki 1878-1884

Hazel Riseborough

The Prophet And The Policeman – The Story of Rua Kēnana and John Cullen

Mark Derby