Aroha Harris at NZ Book Week

Organised by the Northland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors to celebrate book week, the event's keynote speaker was Dr Aroha Harris, the co-author of Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, which won the illustrated non-fiction prize at this year's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Dr Harris' presentation used…

Review of Tangata Whenua in Journal of Australian Historical Studies

'But the most obvious characteristic of the pictures and photographs is the portrayal of Maori women in all walks of life which is refreshing to the usual male-centric dominated narratives in Maori history of the past. The ability of the authors to convey multiple stories within this book means that…

Review of Tangata Whenua in Australian Historical Studies

Read a wonderful recent review of Tangata Whenua in the Australian Historical Studies journal, by Kristyn Harman (Volume 46, Issue 3). 'Tangata Whenua is an extensive and significant resource that ought to be consulted by any scholars with an interest in the history of New Zealand, Maori history, histories…

Tangata Whenua longlisted in Ockham NZ Book Awards

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History and Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua have been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, in the Illustrated Non-Fiction and General Non-Fiction categories respectively. Congratulations to the authors of both books on this achievement! The shortlist will be announced on 8…

Tangata Whenua wins the CLNZ Best Resource in Secondary award!

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History is the winner of Best Resource in Secondary at the CLNZ Education awards, announced at a ceremony in Auckland last night. According to the judging panel, TW is 'in a league of its own as a resource that can be used by teachers across a…

Atholl Anderson awarded the 2015 Humanities Aronui Medal

Emeritus professor Atholl Anderson has received the prestigious 2015 Humanities Aronui Medal, awarded at a ceremony in Auckland on Tuesday 10 November. The awards ceremony celebrated top researchers across New Zealand. See the full article in the Marlborough Express here: www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/73863851/blenheim-academic-honoured…

Tangata Whenua at the Going West Books & Writers Festival 2015

A session on Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, ‘The People and the Land’ (Sunday 13 September), was a highlight of the Going West Books & Writers Festival 2015. Author Aroha Harris and contributor Melissa Williams (Panguru and the City) had a kōrero with Tainui Stephens, broadcaster, filmmaker and teller of…

Tangata Whenua wins at the Māori Book Awards!

Last night, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris, published by Bridget Williams Books, won the history section in the prestigious 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards. As Judge Sheeanda Field said, the awards acknowledge: ‘Māori writing about Māori, in a Māori…

Matariki Williams reviews Tangata Whenua for NZ Books

Tangata Whenua is a kaupapa Maori publication in the purest sense of the word: it is Maori stories told in a multiplicity of Maori voices, but it is for everyone. ... is just one of the many wonderful things Matariki Williams had to say about Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. See…

Review: Archaeology in Oceania

Helen Leach has written a detailed review of Tangata Whenua in Archaeology in Oceania. 'Tangata Whenua has much to offer the general reader as well as people trained in archaeology. It will rekindle the debate about oral traditions and archaeology, hopefully with a pan-Polynesian perspective. At the same time archaeologists…

Tangata Whenua shortlisted for 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History has done it again – it has been shortlisted in the 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards, in the Te Kōrero o Mua – History section. Also shortlisted in this section is another wonderful BWB book Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua by…

BWB wins NZ Book Industry Special Award!

Bridget Williams Books has been awarded the New Zealand Book Industry Special Award at the 2015 New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards, presented at a ceremony on 21 June 2015. ‘Bridget Williams Books wins this for their innovative list, and how effectively they have embraced the new digital age. They…

Tangata Whenua writers speak at the NZ Young Writers Festival 2015

Leanne Tamaki and Dr Michael Stevens spoke with Morgan Godfery in 'Tangata Whenua: The Project', a panel discussion that was part of the New Zealand Young Writers Festival, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, 6 June 2015. See the full discussion here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5GQuvAbXU.…

Tangata Whenua on the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize Shortlist!

Tangata Whenua has been shortlisted for the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize. The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded to work based upon original research which is, in the opinion of the examiners, the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation. The…

Tangata Whenua authors on TV3's Re-Think

Atholl Anderson, Aroha Harris and Nepia Mahuika with Stacey Morrison discuss Tangata Whenua and Māori history on TV3's Re-Think. For the full episode, see here: www.tv3.co.nz/RE-THINK-Season-2-Ep-8/tabid/3692/articleID/114284/MCat/3991/Default.aspx.…

Making science an open book - Tangata Whenua in the NZ Listener

‘An eponymous tome about our tangata whenua scoops the country’s science-writing award’ – Rebecca Priestly on Tangata Whenua winning the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize (New Zealand Listener, 28 May 2015). Read the full article here: www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/science/making-science-an-open-book.…

Aroha Harris talks with Ngaire Te Hira on Waatea News

Aroha Harris talked with Ngaire Te Hira on Waatea News about Tangata Whenua winning the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize. Listen to the interview here: https://secure.zeald.com/uma/play_podcast?podlink=MjkzMzg=…

Tangata Whenua event one of Salient's 'favourites' of the Auckland Writers Festival

Philip McSweeney of Victoria University's magazine, Salient, did a glowing write-up of the Tangata Whenua event with Aroha Harris and Atholl Anderson at the Auckland Writers Festival, Saturday 16 May. 'One of my favourites was the event for Tangata Whenua, a book released last year that charts Māori history from…

'Tangata Whenua book dazzles judges' on Waatea News

'A book tracing the history of Maori from their earliest known origins to the 21st century has won the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize. Tangata Whenua: an Illustrated History was written by Dr Atholl Anderson, the late Dame Judith Binney, and Dr Aroha Harris and published…

Tangata Whenua wins Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize!

Tangata Whenua: an Illustrated History has won the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize, announced on Friday 15 May by UK science writer Philip Ball at an event at the Auckland Writers Festival. He presented the $5,000 cash prize. The judges, Professor Jean Fleming, Professor Ken…

‘In the history of Maori history, there have been plenty of single stories ... There is no single story in this book’, Metro

‘Remember the hurihuri: A great new multi-voiced history of Maori’, Metro magazine, May 2015, reviewed by Nic Low. See full review here: www.metromag.co.nz/culture/books/tangata-whenua-an-illustrated-history-review ‘Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once spoke of “the danger of a single story” ... In the history of Maori history, there…

‘The Maori story expertly told’ – says the Northland Age

Check out this fabulous review by Peter De Graaf, published in the Northland Age, 21 April. ‘If you told me you were planning to write a book capturing a people’s entire history in a single volume, I’d say you were mad, ambitious, or both. But that is exactly…

Talking about Tangata Whenua - authors visit central North Island

Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris will be visiting Napier, Gisborne, Rotorua and Hamilton in April to talk about new perspectives on Māori history, drawing on their work for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. Shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Science Book Prize, and described by Sir Tipene…

Atholl Anderson interviewed in ODT

In the wake of Tangata Whenua's shortlisting for the Royal Society of New Zealand's 2015 Science Book Prize, Bruce Munro of the Otago Daily Times talks to Atholl Anderson about the new science underpinning his contribution to the book. Read the interview here.…

2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize - 'Tangata Whenua' a finalist

Tangata Whenua is one of five books shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. The judges, Professor Jean Fleming, Professor Ken Strongman and Dr Rebecca Priestley, commented: “Tangata Whenua is a beautifully produced, well illustrated and comprehensive record of the tangata whenua. Atholl Anderson, Judith…

'Beautifully presented and very important' - Kia Ora magazine

Tangata Whenua featured in the January issue of Air New Zealand's in-flight magazine, Kia Ora. The reviewer's verdict? "Opening this book anywhere almost guarantees you'll spend an hour lost in the byways of Maori and New Zealand history".…

Public history talk at MCH by Aroha Harris

Aroha Harris will talk about Tangata Whenua's new perspectives on Māori history in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's first public history talk of 2015, Wednesday 4th of March, 12:15pm.…

Listen to 'Tangata Whenua' talk online

Listen to Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris's February 3 Tangata Whenua talk at the Palmerston North City Library, free on mixcloud. Access the full talk here.…

'Tangata Whenua: it's a good story' - Kōkiri

The latest edition of Te Puni Kōkiri's magazine, Kōkiri, features an interview with Tangata Whenua author Aroha Harris. TPK supported the development of Tangata Whenua.…

'Vast reach and triumphant execution' - North and South

Paul Little reviews Tangata Whenua in the March 2015 edition of North and South, observing: "It comes as a surprise to learn that this book was conceived only 'six years ago', so vast is its reach and triumphant its execution." Little comments that the authors demonstrate "confidence and authority" in…

An 'extraordinary book' - WRHPC

Kate Fortune reviews Tangata Whenua for the Feb-March edition of the Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council newsletter, Heritage Today. "The text is wonderfully lucid, eminently readable, and lavishly illustrated", writes Fortune.…

'A beautiful, rich book' - Bay Buzz

A write-up of Tangata Whenua in the Bay Buzz draws attention to the book's significance for the people of Hawke's Bay. The article, published in the Jan/Feb issue of the Buzz, praises the dual use of images and text to tell the "multi-faceted story" of the Māori people, making…

'Tangata Whenua' in the Bay of Plenty news

The relevance of Tangata Whenua for the people of the Bay of Plenty was reported on before Christmas by Karla Akuhata in the Whakatane Beacon (5 December 2014) and the Opotiki News (11 December 2014).…

'Accessible, scholarly, and visually appealing' - ODT

Bruce Munro in the Otago Daily Times reviews Tangata Whenua, calling it "ground-breaking" and "farsighted", and praising the "excellent depth and breadth of [its] erudite and insightful storytelling". Read the full review here.…

Aroha Harris with Kim Hill

Aroha Harris spoke with Kim Hill about her work on Tangata Whenua, on Radio New Zealand's Saturday Morning, Saturday 20 December 2014. Listen to the full interview here: www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/20161857/aroha-harris-tangata-whenua…

Interview with Atholl in ‘The Saturday Express’

Atholl Anderson was interviewed last weekend by Angela Crompton of the Saturday Express: ‘We wanted to focus on people … how people lived, how they formed communities. People, people, people was our emphasis.’…

Interview with Aroha in ‘Sunday Star Times’

Aroha Harris was interviewed last weekend by Michelle Duff of the Sunday Star Times: ‘I’ve studied it for so long I don’t become emotional about it but I have discussions with people who find it very confronting to read.’…

'Tangata Whenua' on The Wireless

Arini Loader and Michael Stevens, contributors to Tangata Whenua, feature on this week's edition of 'On the Dial' with Megan Whelan. Starts 16 minutes in.…

Pita Sharples: Cultural wisdom can bridge gaps

A stirring commentary on the deep value of Māori and New Zealand history by Dr Pita Sharples (citing Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History) in today's NZ Herald. Our ancestors truly blessed us by establishing a foundation of goodwill, good faith and co-operation for our nation. It is our responsibility, and…

'Should be read by all New Zealanders'

The following is a media release issued by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Ground-breaking Māori history book has Ministry support Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, lauded as having a deep understanding of Māori history, was last year awarded funding through the annual New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Publisher…

Twitter and 'Tangata Whenua'

The online response to Tangata Whenua has been phenomenal and we've already featured Morgan Godfrey's summary of the book in five Tweets. It's one of the first New Zealand books to be promoted on Twitter and here's just a few of our favourite responses to date. 'Tangata Whenua: An…

Rotorua welcomes 'Tangata Whenua'!

The Rotorua Daily Post has written on the publication of Tangata Whenua, under the headline 'High praise for book recording first Maori': Described by Maori Television as a book that's making waves, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History is being called a comprehensive, one-volume history of Maori. It includes numerous stories…

'A once in a lifetime event' - Mana Magazine

The new edition of Mana Magazine features wall-to-wall coverage of Tangata Whenua, spanning editorial comments on the launch, a feature with Atholl Anderson on early origins, and a fantastic review! Opening comments from Aaron Smale's book review include: It is a rare thing to be able to say that a…