Selected by the New Zealand Listener as one of the best books of 2021!
'This book digs deep to tell complex, fascinating stories. It makes me want to go to these places and not only see but feel the mauri of places that Lucy Mackintosh has represented here in her words.'
Melissa Matutina Williams, author of Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua
'A marvellous book that illuminates the stories of these much loved landscapes in new and striking ways. After reading Shifting Grounds you see these places differently, and treasure them all the more.'
Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology, University of Auckland
'In this landmark work, Lucy Mackintosh enriches our understanding of both the continual remaking of place and the inescapable legacies of empire and colonisation.'
Tony Ballantyne, Professor of History, University of Otago
'Shifting Grounds speaks to the thirst for new histories, histories of Aotearoa New Zealand and histories of Auckland, which are scarce. This wonderful book makes place speak.'
Charlotte Macdonald, Professor of History, Victoria University of Wellington
'The cultural landscapes of Tāmaki Makaurau are evidence of the rich human history of the district. Lucy Mackintosh's book brings these places and their stories to light.'
Deidre Brown, Professor of Architecture, University of Auckland
‘Lucy Mackintosh, a curator at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, starts with the ground “and works upwards and outwards” in this fascinating, deeply researched and handsomely designed hardback, focusing on three sites of complex and revealing histories: Pukekawa/Auckland Domain, Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and the Ōtuataua Stonefields at Ihumātao near the airport.’
'There aren’t many written histories of Tāmaki Makaurau. This one’s a beauty...developed with care and with the support of a wide range of Māori advisers, beautifully designed and illustrated and written with great storytelling flair. It’s a seduction: an invitation to see the city afresh, and enjoy.'
Simon Wilson, NZ Herald
'"If you need a monument, look around you": Rethinking Auckland history', Simon Wilson, NZ Herald, 20 November 2021 (Paywall).
'The Shifting Grounds of Tamaki Makaurau', RNZ, 16 November 2021.
'Auckland history: Stories of what lies beneath', Nevil Gibson, NBR, 14 November 2021.
'Review: Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland', David Veart, Kete Books, 11 November 2021.
'Why Ihumātao truly is a piece of New Zealand's soul', Lucy Mackintosh, The Guardian, 24 September 2019.
'Unearthing the history of Ihumātao, where the land tells stories', Lucy Mackintosh, RNZ, 19 August 2019.