Ngāi Tahu

Ngāi Tahu

A Migration History

Ngāi Tahu is currently out of print.

This magnificent narrative tells of Ngāi Tahu’s migration from the Wellington area into the South Island. It annotates, extends and puts into context a 1930s history written by a Pākehā journalist, Hugh Carrington, who himself drew on the knowledge of Ngāi Tahu elders and scholars. Oral traditions and whakapapa complement the text.

The result is a unique document that explains how Ngāi Tahu settled, fought and intermarried, establishing their right to the land. Both Carrington’s enthralling tales of journey and consolidation and the tribe’s deep history come alive in the hands of two experienced historians.

Table of contents

Foreword, Sir Tipene O'Regan
Introduction 1: The Carrington Text and Ngāi Tahu History
Editorial Note
Introduction 2: A Migration History
The Carrington Text, Hugh Carrington

1 The Beginning
2 Tūāhuriri
3 Intermarriage and Battle
4 Ngāi Tahu in Tory Channel
5 Hinerongo's Romance
6 The Fall of Waipapa
7 On to Kaikōura
8 Peketā and Ōpōkihi
9 Ngāi Tahu Reinforcements
10 Tukiauau's Revenge
11 Exit Tukiauau
12 Fresh Fields to Conquer
13 Occupation of Canterbury
14 Reverse for Ngāi Tahu
15 Turbulent Chiefs
16 Internecine Strife
17 Attacks on Ōmihi
18 The Last Battles
19 The Kai-huānga (‘Eat Relation') Feud
20 Te Rauparaha at Kaiapoi
21 Te Rauparaha's Revenge
22 Ngai Tahu Strike Back

Appendix 1: The Carrington Family  
Appendix 2: Additional Text from the Carrington Typescript

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2019
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781877242397
ISTC: A022012000021266

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Read Nepia Mahuika's review in New Zealand Books.

'A beautiful and remarkable book that tells a magnificent story from a fresh, unique and informative perspective.' NZ Memories

'The narratives are complex and compelling, replete with intrigue, betrayal and adventure. The editorial contributions are thorough and illuminating. The whole package is superbly compiled and presented. Justice has been done to a fascinating chapter of New Zealand history'. Matt Bowler, The Nelson Mail