Author(s): Patricia Burns
Reed, Wellington, 1980. Hard Covers. Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. Art, Photographs, Drawings, Portraits, Maps, Tables (illustrator). 1st. Edition.Before European settlement of New Zealand began the name Te Rauparaha (TR) was known and feared by Maori tribes in the South Island and the southern areas of the North Island. This warrior chief had led his tribes-people on a campaign that first conquered Maor in the southern North Island before before moving to subdue the southern tribes.Such was the power of TR and influence he had developed that he was seen as a threat to European settlement, with access to land the major obstacle.TR 's reputation as a warrior in conquering his own race was of notorioty and savagery was accepted by settlers as his main traits. A number of books on TR have been published and Patricia Burns' will rank high among them. While not overlooking the darker side of TR the author's "New Perspective" on him sets out to exmaine these past impressions and present a more balanced and rounded account of this Maori leader who was a pivotal figure in those early days of colonialisation. Using contemporary documents from those and latter days she presents an impartial analysis of TR to conclude that the most feared of Maori leader was not "the simister, trecherous or savage" many historians had made him out to be. Readers of this excellent work will learn much about NZ's colonial history, of the friction that developed between Maori and settler over land issues, and will review their assessment of Te Rauparaha based on the Patrica Burns "new perspactive" of him. First edition from Reed of 1980, 346 pages including references, three appendices, bibliography and index, illustrated throughout with b/w contemporary art, portraits, photos, maps, tables, frontis portrait of Te Raupahaha, front and rear end-paper maps, four geneology charts. Brown hard covers with gilt spine titles are VG+, text block is NF, no inscriptions etc.