The Reed Book of New Zealand Quotations contains the best and worst that has been said about New Zealanders. Over 3000 quotations present the nation in every mood and situation, from the sublime to the silly. From the first wary encounters between Maori and European, New Zealanders are depicted at work and play, in sadness and in high spirits. This is a comprehensive cross-section of our emerging identity, warts and all.
This book includes the lamentations of Ratana and Titokowaru, the shock-horror and exhilaration of pioneer explorers such as Cook and his crew and, later, touring glitterati such as Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Samuel Butler, Noel Coward and James Michener. The writers are there too