Our recommended reading list for summer 2022/23 includes books by Paul Moon and Peter Biggs, Michael King, Roger Evans, and Ron Crosby.
- The Treaty and its Times, by Paul Moon and Peter Biggs. Originally published in 2004, the authors succinctly capture the many multi-layered threads that made up the tumultuous events in New Zealand, starting around 1800. The book moves to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and finishes with the Northland wars of 1845.
The Penguin History of NZ, by Michael King. Although first published in 2003, this bestseller is still touted as an unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand. Also available as an eBook.
Change and Context: Another Look at the Treaty of Waitangi, by Roger Evans. First published in 2016, an updated version is now available. This book re-examines the Treaty in its original contexts, with the aim of rediscovering the original intent and meaning of the document. It also examines modern interpretations and views which have challenged the very principles and foundations it affirmed: principles of national and racial equality and unity.
- The Musket Wars, by Ron Crosby. This best-selling history provides a comprehensive account of the wars that ravaged the country in the early 1800s, when iwi with newly acquired muskets unleashed terrible utu (revenge) on foes.