The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King: New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and the conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand that anywhere else on Earth.
Te Rangikaheke wrote about most aspects of Maori culture, including language, genealogies, and legends, before 1854. The Library holds copies of his manuscripts. Visit us on the 2nd floor to explore these vivid accounts of Te Arawa history.