• The Penguin History of New Zealand

  • By: Michael King
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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By: Michael King
Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
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Publisher's Summary

This best-selling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.

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 movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth.

The Penguin History of New Zealand tells that story in all its drama. The narrative that emerges is an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer.

Platinum Premier New Zealand Best Seller Readers' Choice Award

2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards

Nielsen Bookdata New Zealand Book Sellers' Choice Award - Best of the Best, 2011

©2021 Michael King (P)2021 Penguin Random House New Zealand
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  • Categories: History

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extremely dry listing of facts, hoped for much more before my visit to New Zealand.

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Forests and trees

Better at describing the latter. At times sounds like a recitation of New Zealand’s vital statistics.