The two key figures in the Waikato campaign were the Governor, Sir George Grey, and General Cameron.
Prior to that the Great South Road had been built to reach the seat of war and great use was made of armoured steamers on the river. The Maori were to be punished by the loss of their land.
Peter explained that there were different interpretations of what happened in the Waikato campaign. He believed that Belich gave a revisionist view of the wars and would question some of his claims.e.g. that the Maori were the first to develop a deep, complex system of trenches.