Te Ao Tawhito

Te Ao Tawhito

The Old World 3000 BC– AD 1830

Te Ao Tawhito: The Old World contemplates Māori origins in the ‘blue continent’, the vast Pacific Ocean across which the earliest ancestors travelled to settle these southernmost Pacific islands. Here they organised into hapū and iwi, adapting tropical ways to life in a huge but temperate land, building communities and developing cultures. Early European visitors observed Māori society and changed it too, as more and more Europeans arrived, then stayed. Drawn from the landmark publication, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014), Te Ao Tawhito tells the great origin narrative of Māori history from 3000 BC–AD 1830.

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Table of contents

1. Ancient Origins, 3000 BC–AD 1300
Across Time: Hei Tiki
2. Speaking of Migration, AD 1150–1450
Across Time: Whakairo for the People
3. Pieces of the Past, AD 1200–1800
Across Time: Wairau Bar
4. Emerging Societies, AD 1500–1800
Across Time: Kai Moana
5. In the Foreign Gaze, AD 1642–1820
Across Time: Whenuahou
6. Old Ways and New Means, AD 1810–1830
Postscript: The Past Matters
Appendices: Maps & Figures; Te Reo in the Text; Publication Information

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Nov 2017
Pages: 216
RRP: $59.99
ISBN: 9781988533353


Endorsements for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History

Tangata Whenua is a magnificent work weaving together the many strands of our history. It offers a rich, broad narrative that honours the stories of this country’s many iwi. This is a history built, too, on many kinds of knowledge, drawing on the evidence of science and the narratives of history and tradition. This is indeed a taonga, a gift that will enrich the lives of future generations.

- Tā Mark Solomon, Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History provides the most wonderful foundation for us to consider our collective futures both as Māori and as a nation. It maps the history of Māori in ways that capture the complexity of that lived experience – for iwi, hapū and whānau – from the early origins to our contemporary existence. The scholarship is impressive, in turn consolidating and extending while actively myth-breaking. The history incorporates struggle, deprivation, creativity, strength and resilience. As we continue to imagine our futures, this work will make an incisive contribution.

- Tracey McIntosh, Director, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga