Rewned historian Michael King (1945-2004) presents a comprehensive and searching documentary of Maori culture and society, and Maori-Pakeha contact, conflict and co-operation. From the earliest daguerreotype around 1852 to the strong protest images of the 1990s, King records and analyses changes and upheaval in the commentary that is always intelligent and objective. This book leaves the reader with t only a better understanding of the past but a challenge for the future.
Michael King became New Zealand's leading writer on Maori history. Until his untimely death in 2004, he contributed a wealth of research and literature, including several biographies of influential Maori leaders, a prize-winning television series on Maori life and the bestselling The Penguin History of New Zealand. King was awarded an OBE for services to literature and, in 2003, the inaugural Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in non-fiction.