Author(s): Te Maire Tau and Atholl Anderson (editors)
Te Maire Tau writes: 'I first came across the Carrington typescript in 1987 when, as an under-graduate, I was researching our tribe's history in the Alexander Turnbull Library. Reading the text, I was captured for the rest of the day. Besided the exhilaration that historians always feel on coming across an old and little known manuscript, the story that Carrington told read differently from the standard histories of Ngai Tahu written by nineteenth-century scholars. ... English journalist Hugh Carrington wrote a history of Ngai Tahu in the 1930s, drawing on the knowledge of Oaro elder Hariata Beaton-Morel and earlier scholars. This text has been framed and edited by Te Maire Tau and Atholl Anderson, creating a history of Ngai Tahu's migration from the Wellington region through to Rakiura. Complementary traditions, in particular those recorded by Thomas Green, are also included. This remarkable account presents oral tradition alongside archaelogical evidence and narratie history. The editors both have extensive experience in researching the past of southern New Zealand, particularly Ngai Tahu. Foreword by Sir Tipene O'Regan. Published in association with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. First published April 2008.
Winner of Nga Kupu Ora History Book Award 2009.
Te Maire Tau lectures in history at Canterbury University; Atholl Anderson is Professor of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. Foreword by Sir Tipene O'Regan.