New Zealand Cross: the rarest bravery award in the world
Dr Kieran's latest book is the first comprehensive book concerning the history of the New Zealand Cross - from it's creation, the pen portraits of the 23 recipients, explanation of the NZ Wars 1860 to 1872 and the aftermath. This Magnificient, limited print run, collectors edition book highlighting over 200 colour pages on New Zealand's rarest medal is available now. There has been no comprehensive history of the award published. Dr. Kieran explores the development, creation and inauguration of the award, a listing of all the recipients and an outline of the New Zealand Wars from 1860 to 1872. The Victoria Cross and other decorations were being awarded to Imperial troops but the settlers in the Volunteers, Militia and Armed Constabulary were not being recognised for carrying out similar acts of bravery. The recognition of acts worthy of the NZC were anticipated to become well known; however, the awards spanned a period to 1910 and thus the impact of the award was not achieved. Personalities like King Tawhiao, Sir George Bowen, Sir George Grey, Lt. General Cameron, Te Kooti, Titokowaru, and Major General Whitmore were involved in the conflict. A major issue leading to battles arose due to land confiscation by the settlers. The battles were mainly restricted to the North Island; Taranaki and Wanganui on the West Coast, Waikato in the Central area and on the East Coast at Tauranga, the Urewera, Gisborne and Napier.