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, school and library, and in the meeting rooms of our major corporate institutions. The Hon. Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie

For so long we have needed a book that spans the whole history of Māori: now we have it, to read, to treasure. Here too Māori cultural achievements are showcased – from the taonga so beautifully crafted by the country’s first settlers to the internationally acclaimed art of the twenty-first century. This is a magnificent artefact, a taonga tuku iho in its own right. Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, CNZM, Pou Aronui RSNZ

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History provides the most wonderful foundation for us to consider our collective futures both as Māori and as a nation. It maps the history of Māori in ways that capture the complexity of that lived experience – for iwi, hapū and whānau – from the early origins to our contemporary existence. The scholarship is impressive, in turn consolidating and extending while actively myth-breaking. The history incorporates struggle, deprivation, creativity, strength and resilience. As we continue to imagine our futures, this work will make an incisive contribution. Tracey McIntosh, Director, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga

I was absolutely stunned by the magnitude and relevance of this project from the moment I first saw it. To record and memorialise the history and cultural evolution of our forebears is surely a significant next step in our evolution as a society today. As a New Zealander of Scottish, Māori, Danish and English descent, raised in the far north and residing for the last twenty-five years in the United States, I wholeheartedly welcome this rich history – the story of our people. Peter Cooper, Chairman, Cooper and Company

Tangata Whenua is a magnificent work weaving together the many strands of our history. It offers a rich, broad narrative that honours the stories of this country’s many iwi. This is a history built, too, on many kinds of knowledge, drawing on the evidence of science and the narratives of history and tradition. This is indeed a taonga, a gift that will enrich the lives of future generations. Tā Mark Solomon, KNZM, Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Drawing on multiple strands of knowledge, this team of authors, researchers and publisher has produced a narrative that truly reflects Māori perspectives, despite the challenges of documentary evidence that frequently derives from the colonising power. Tangata Whenua is a worthy book to inform future generations, and a place from which new interpretations and understandings will arise. Ranginui Walker, DCNZM, Emeritus Professor, University of Auckland

This is a visionary project, visually stunning and far-reaching in its scholarship . . . it will inform public debate for years to come. James Belich, ONZM, Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History, Oxford University