Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
A Wild Wind from the North Hongi Hika’s 1823 invasion of Rotorua
One of the greatest military undertakings in NZ retold in the last book by the renowned Rotorua historian
Wild Wind from the North: Hongi Hika’s 1823 invasion of Rotorua
by Oratia Books ISBN:
Hika’s invasion of the Rotorua area in 1823 is one of the most dramatic and
daring assaults in New Zealand history. Yet like much of our early history, the
details are unknown to many New Zealanders.
late Don Stafford committed himself to redress that imbalance – arguing
throughout his distinguished career that events like the Musket Wars deserve to
be studied no less than the Napoleonic Wars of the same period.
with muskets, Hongi’s Ngāpuhi forces had roamed the North Island seeking utu
(revenge) for past slights. Te Arawa, inland and with their island stronghold
Lake Rotorua, felt impregnable. They did not count on Hongi’s epic portage of
canoes to the lake shores, from which an attack on Mokoia became inevitable.
Wild Wind from the North not only tells the story with Stafford’s flair and, but
is also richly illustrated, including modern photos of the locations depicted.
Launch of the book
in 2007 occasioned a major meeting of Ngāpuhi and Te Arawa that aided
reconciliation for the past conflict. This new printing aims to keep alive the
memory of this remarkable slice of our past.
Stafford (1927–2010) 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
He was Rotorua’s official historian, and his honours included an MBE, CBE and