Andre - surely you are being sarcastic -
NB the Brits never won a battle against the Maoris)
Sure, the British did lose quite a few battles, most notably Kororareka, Ohaeawai, Puketakauere, Camerontown, Ahuahu, and Gate Pa.
And some were indecisive, at best, like Puketutu, Boulcott's Farm, Horokiwi, St. John’s Wood, Waireka, Allen's Hill, Maketu, and Nukumaru.
And some were "British attack pa, Maori hold out for the day then escape, British capture empty (or almost empty) pa and call it a victory" - Ruapekapeka, L Pa, or variation "British attack pa, Maori hold out for the day then most escape, British 'misunderstand' parley white flag and 'accidentally' capture pa and call it a victory" - i.e. Rangiriri.
But many were indisputably Maori defeats - Mahoetahi (which Belich dismisses as irrelevant because it was against visiting Waikato, not Kingi's men), repulse of attack on No. 3 Redoubt, Katikara, Koheroa, Pukekohe East Church, Waiari, Rangiaowhia, Hairini (which Belich dismisses as merely an attack on a Maori rearguard), Kaitake, Orakau, Sentry Hill, Te Ranga, Kakaramea, Okotuku, Te Putahi, Otapawa, and Waikoko.
trnech warfare was invented by the Maoris (not the US in the civil war)
This statement at the time stirred up a hornet's nest of derision at the time from a huge number of academics, as simply being untrue. At a conference I attended last year, the good professor, faced by most of said critics, told everyone that surely there were more important things to focus on, and at least it stirred up debate.
Back on topic - Steve, I have a written a draft history of the role of the 12th Regt. in New Zealand, with biographies of all the officers, if you are still interested. I can send it to you.