Te Arawa: A History of the Arawa People

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"The book tells the complete history of the Te Arawa waka and its descendants until the late nineteenth century. This relates the iwi's origins in the South Pacific; migration and settlement in Aotearoa; the exploits of ancestors including Tamatekapua, Ihenga, Hatupatu, Tutanekai and Wahiao; development and relations among the Arawa confederation; the arrival of Europeans; Te Arawa's participation in Māori-Pakeha warfare; and the conclusion of campaigns involving Te Kooti"--Publisher's website.

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About the author (2016)

Don Stafford (19272010) was an historian and writer who dedicated his life and work to the Rotorua district. Through a long and distinguished career, he wrote over 20 books on Rotorua and its history. Fluent in Māori, Don travelled on foot to every corner of Te Arawa's rohe, and played a major role in preservation of historical sites and objects. He was Rotorua's official historian, and his honours included an MBE, CBE and honorary doctorate.

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