This is a revised edition of Dr Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people. In this updated edition Dr Walker has added new chapters covering the years from 1990, the flowering of the Maori culture and the growth of Maori political and economic power. Recent issues such as the foreshore and seabed legislation, the hikoi and Don Brash's Orewa speech are discussed.
“A strong advocate of Maoridom and a staunch champion of Te Reo Maori, trailblazer Ranginui Walker's work led it to being recognised as an official language in New Zealand. This groundbreaking bestseller outlines the history of Aotearoa from a Maori perspective and was writer, academic and educator Walker's magnum opus. Originally published in 1990 and revised and updated in 2004, Walker's vigorous and important text outlines Maori life before the arrival of European explorers on our shores, the quest for political and economic autonomy and equality, the long-standing fallout of colonialism, and the developments in post-colonial New Zealand.”
Kiran Dass, Weekend Herald