The People and The Land / Te Tangata me Te Whenua

The People and The Land / Te Tangata me Te Whenua

An Illustrated History of New Zealand, 1820–1920

Out of print – digital edition now available

This book is a visual and narrative history of two communities, Māori and Pākehā, during a hundred years of settlement in New Zealand.

It reveals how the two cultures saw their history through very different eyes: for Pākehā, it was a story of establishing an ‘English island’ in the Pacific; for Māori, a tale of loss and exclusion. But by setting out these conflicting understandings of the past, the book also seeks to bridge cultural differences through the sharing of knowledge.

Written by three leading historians and lavishly illustrated, it is a stunning presentation of New Zealand’s history.

Table of contents


1. Two Communities, 1820–1839
2. The Pākehā Invasion, 1840–1860
3. Impotent Autocrats, 1840–1860
4. Kawanatanga and Rangatiratanga, 1840–1860
5. 'The English Island', 1860–1870
6. Wars and Survival, 1860–1872
7. The Native Land Court and the Māori Communities, 1865–1890
8. 'A Paradise for Working Men', 1870–1880
9. Dark Satanic Mills, 1880–1890
10. Amalgamation and Separation, 1890–1920
11. Towards the ideal society, 1890–1900
12. 'God's own country', 1900–1906
13. Strife in the Laboratory, 1906–1914
14. Waging War: The home front, 1914–1918
15. A Nation, 1914–1918


Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780046140137
ISTC: A0220120000213BE
DOI: 10.7810/9780046140137


'The People and the Land. Te Tangata me Te Whenua is visually magnificent and intellectually ambitious… it makes an important contribution to the goal of a fully integrated, bi-racial history of New Zealand.' Caroline Ralston, New Zealand Journal of History, 1991