Responses to the launch of 'Tangata Whenua'

In more than 200 years of publishing about Māori, Tangata Whenua is the only detailed synthesis of Māori history in its entirety. Our explicit intention was to produce a Māori history for all New Zealanders in a book that spans Māori history as a whole. Tangata Whenua was produced in…

'A book that will capably serve the future'

Read a beautiful summary of our Wellington celebration from our friends at Unity Books. (And a short video of the launch is up here.) Aroha caused ripples of giggles through the crowd by prefacing one of her earlier points with the wry statement ‘and if I know my history…’ ... And…

Tilly Lloyd, Tangata Whenua and Christmas

Tilly Lloyd at Unity Books has included Tangata Whenua in her list of books to read and buy this Christmas: This book puts Māori at the centre of the country’s story. The illustrations and captions are superb, but the research and writing is just as powerful and satisfying. I…

A New Zealand bestseller!

Tangata Whenua is the bestselling New Zealand book on the Indie Top 20 bestseller list! Thank you to everyone who has supported the launch of this landmark publication.…

Atholl and Aroha on Radio Waatea

Listen to authors Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris being interviewed about Tangata Whenua on Radio Waatea.…

Call for Māori history to be compulsory

Author Atholl Anderson was on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report today: Atholl Anderson, an oceanic archaeologist of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Mamoe descent, said there needed to be more of an emphasis on the Māori world view. Read it here and listen to it here:…

James Belich responds to 'Tangata Whenua'

'It’s a new development – it really has no rivals. It’s a first. It tells the whole story of Māori history, using the latest scholarship, but speaking to a wide audience. It provides a completeness that we haven’t hitherto had in the scholarship on Māori history. And I…

'Peaceful settlement' view challenged

Tangata Whenua in the news again, with author Aroha Harris commenting on the history of settlement in New Zealand: Dr Harris said there were certainly peaceful times during the settlement process, but conflict and tension were also major characteristics of that time as well. Read the full story here.…

'Landmark' work charts Māori history

Te Manu Korihi, Radio New Zealand discusses the launch of Tangata Whenua: "It's not a story of loss due to colonisation followed by a story of recovery, it's actually a far more complex story. So the resiliance is present even when there's a great deal of trauma and loss in…

'Fresh energy for looking at the importance of Māori history'

Te Ururoa Flavell has cited the publication of Tangata Whenua when commenting on stage one of the Paparahi o te Raki (Northland District) inquiry. “The report comes at a time when there is fresh energy for looking at the importance of Māori history in nation-building, with the publication of Tangata…

Celebrate with us at Unity Books Wellington!

Bridget Williams Books and Unity Books invite you to celebrate the publication of Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris. Friday 21 November 2014, 6pm Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington Koia tēnei, ko tā Pōneke whakatairanga i te taonga nei e whakanui ana…

Morgan Godfery - a review in 5 tweets

The responses to the book on Twitter have been fantastic, but this is our favourite so far. 1. I think Tangata Whenua is unique. Where Struggle Without End was a counter-narrative - a sort of extended polemic - TW is more ambitious.— Morgan Godfery (@MorganGodfery) November 18, 2014 2.…

'A taonga for all New Zealanders'

Mana Magazine profiles the launch of Tangata Whenua. 'Pita Sharples called it a taonga, saying: “Instead of grafting our indigenous stories onto a colonial academic and anthropological rootstock, the authors start by cultivating the history and traditions that are rooted in the landscape of Aotearoa.”' (function(d, s, id)…

Preview 'Tangata Whenua' on Google Books

This online preview of Tangata Whenua does not include the images, which are blocked from being displayed due to rights holder restrictions.…

Photos from the Auckland launch

These photos are from the Auckland launch of Tangata Whenua. All photos available for media or other editorial usage - please contact us (info@bwb.co.nz) for high-resolution versions. Photography by Aaron Smale.…

Watch the launch of 'Tangata Whenua'

This landmark history published by Bridget Williams Books was launched on 14 November 2014 at the Auckland Museum by Dr Pita Sharples, Patricia Grace, and Sir Tipene O’Regan. Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney & Aroha Harris covers 5000 years of history, tracing the Māori…

A Listener Best Book of 2014!

Tangata Whenua has been selected by the New Zealand Listener as one of the best books of 2014: 'Years in the making and containing 500 images, this is a majestic charting of Māori history from beginnings to present day.' View the full list here.…

Funders of 'Tangata Whenua'

Auckland War Memorial Museum Creative New Zealand / Te Waka Toi Diana Unwin / The Grace Memorial Trust Stout Trust (with Friends of the Turnbull Library) Peter & Sue Cooper Deane Endowment Trust G & N Trust / The Robinson Family Charlotte Macdonald Robin & Mary Williams Ngā Pae Te Māramatanga Ngāi Tahu…

Events

Saturday 15 November Talking about Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris Saturday 15 November, 2pm Auditorium, Auckland Museum Atholl Anderson (Ngāi Tahu) and Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) talk about new perspectives on Māori history, drawing on their work for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, published…

Endorsements for 'Tangata Whenua'

Tangata Whenua lays a new foundation for enlarging cross-cultural understanding for Māori and Pākehā alike. It draws on the work of our greatest thinkers in several disciplines, and the compelling images will draw all readers to engage with its story. This important taonga should find a place in every home,…

Introducing 'Tangata Whenua'

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History charts the sweep of Māori history from ancient origins through to the twenty-first century. Through narrative and images, it offers a striking overview of the past, grounded in specific localities and histories. The story begins with the migration of ancestral peoples out of South China,…