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This bestselling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.

This bestselling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed, the movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth.

The Penguin History of New Zealand tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges is an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer.


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PLATINUM PREMIER NEW ZEALAND BESTSELLER READERS' CHOICE AWARD
2004 MONTANA NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS
NIELSEN BOOKDATA NEW ZEALAND BOOKSELLERS' CHOICE AWARD – BEST OF THE BEST, 2011

Formats & editions

Also by Michael King

Being Pakeha Now
The Silence Beyond: Selected Writings by Michael King
Silence Beyond
Te Puea: A Life
Being Pakeha Now: Reflections & recollections Of A White Native
Wrestling With the Angel

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