Author(s): Don Long
Maori text, reading age 6-9 years. When a family moves onto a farm they discover that there is a battlefield on the property. At first, the children play in the overgrown rifle pits and trenches, but gradually they begin to wonder what really happened there. This is a story about a girl who discovers that she may have ancestors who fought on both sides during the colonial land wars. What were those wars really like - and what does it mean to be of such mixed ancestry? The book finishes with a page of information about the New Zealand Land Wars.
Winner of Te Kura Pounamu 2004.