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Te Whiti o Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka


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Te Whiti o Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka – By Danny Keenan

This is an account of the life and times of Te Whiti O Rongomai set against the politics and Crown policies of the nineteenth century. It traces the forces that shaped his life’s journey from Ngā Motu, where he was born, to his settling at Parihaka and his evolving sense of the injustices and disempowerment Māori experienced and his response to these.

The book discusses the struggles Te Whiti had, as understood by some of his living relatives, against native policy of the time, and it gives insights into the motivations of Te Whiti and his actions. 

It explores the community at Parihaka, its resistance and the consequences of this and looks at Maori and government actions and responses up to the present day.

Format; This book is a Paperback

Language: This book is written in English

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Author Biography

Danny Keenan (Ngati Te Whiti Ahi Ka, Te Atiawa) has a PhD in history from Massey University. He has worked in the Department of Māori Affairs and is a former senior lecturer in Māori/New Zealand history at Massey University, Palmerston North. He was visiting Fulbright professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 2009. He is now a full-time writer, and most recently, he has written Terror in Our Midst? Searching for Terror in Aotearoa New Zealand and was the editor of HUIA Histories of Māori.

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Weight0.740 kg
Dimensions26.1 × 18 × 2 cm


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