Cliff Simons has been researching, teaching and writing about the New Zealand Wars for over thirty years. He has a PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University on the subject of military intelligence in those wars. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the New Zealand Army and the Director of the New Zealand Wars Study Centre at the New Zealand Defence College. In that capacity he conducts battlefield study tours for New Zealand Defence personnel and others. He lives in Tauranga and is heavily involved in commemoration activities and education about the wars, and various initiatives to promote understanding and reconciliation.