Chris Bourke’s 'Good-bye Maoriland' released

Chris Bourke’s 'Good-bye Maoriland' released

‘Chris Bourke’s Good-bye Maoriland is an impeccably researched account of the influence of music in World War I – from military bands and concert parties to Māori music and patriotic song writing. Profusely illustrated and highly readable, it will attract anyone interested in war and the cultural history of New Zealand’
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Christopher Pugsley, ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS

They left their Southern Lands,
They sailed across the sea;
They fought the Hun, they fought the Turk
For truth and liberty.

Now Anzac Day has come to stay,
And bring us sacred joy;
Though wooden crosses be swept away –
We’ll never forget our boys.

– Jane Morison, ‘We’ll Never Forget our Boys’, 1917


Be it ‘Tipperary’ or ‘Pokarekare’, the morning reveille or the bugle’s last post, concert parties at the front or patriotic songs at home, music was central to New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. In Good-Bye Maoriland, acclaimed author Chris Bourke introduces us to the songs and sounds of World War I in order to take us deep inside the human experience.


Good-bye Maoriland:
The Songs & Sounds of New Zealand's Great War

18 October 2017, $59.99
Flexibind w flaps, 250 x 200mm, 308 Pages
ISBN: 9781869408718
Subject: Music, First World War


About the author

Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist, editor and radio producer. He has been arts and books editor at the NZ Listener, editor of Rip It Up and Real Groove, and producer of Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning with Kim Hill. He wrote the best-selling, definitive biography of Crowded House, Something So Strong (1997) and Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, 1918–1964 (AUP, 2010). At the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards Blue Smoke won the People’s Choice Award, the General Nonfiction Award and the Book of the Year Award. Chris Bourke received the Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2015, enabling the writing of Good-bye Maoriland, and is currently content director at Audioculture: The Noisy Library of New Zealand Music (

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