Social history reprint still relevant

July 25, 2009

Maori: A Photographic and Social History, by Michael King (Raupo Publishing, RRP $50):

Historian Michael King died in a 2004 car crash but his work continues to have an impact on New Zealand culture.

This revised edition of a book that has already been around for a good few years is still relevant and interesting.

King paints a comprehensive picture of Maori culture and society, from the 1850s to the 1990s.

He has recorded and analysed the changes, both good and bad, during that time in a way that doesn’t just give cold hard facts but also helps us understand the feelings and emotions. No easy task.

Over the years, King received many awards for his works, including an OBE and the inaugural Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in non-fiction.

It’s work like this that highlights just why he was held in such high regard.

His death was a huge loss to both the literary and historic research worlds.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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