'When my life is written, I want the truth and nothing but the truth to be told? (Te Puea Herangi).
This book fills a gap in New Zealand?s history, documenting the dramatic events surrounding the nearest thing in New Zealand to a nationalist organisation: The Maori King Movement, and, more specifically, its leading Maori proponent Te Puea Herangi (1883? 1952).
Highlights of her story include the movement?s struggle to win recognition from successive governments, their pacifist stance during World War One, the catastrophic effects of the Influenza Epidemic, the battle to win Maori land unjustly confiscated, her alliance with Sir Apirana Ngata, and her charged opposition to the prophet T.W. Ratana. More than any other leader, Te Puea succeeded in strengthening Maori values through building relationships between major figures.
First printed in 1977, Te Puea was reprinted twice in 1978, issued in a new edition in 1982 (reprinted 1984), a third edition in 1987 (reprinted in 1990 and 1993), and after ten years returns in this redesigned fourth edition.
The Author: Michael King, noted New Zealand historian and writer by profession, is the author of this and many other landmark works including Moko, Te Ao Hurihuri and Tihei Mauri Ora. The late Maori scholar Dr Pei Te Hurihuri Jones remarked that King?s work displays a fine touch and understanding of things Maori.?