Haerenga: Early Māori Journeys Across the Globe

Bridget Williams Books
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Māori and Europeans were encountering one another for the first time not just along the shorelines of New Zealand but also on the streets of Melbourne, Liverpool and New York.

From the late eighteenth century, Māori travellers spread out from New Zealand across the globe. They travelled for a variety of reasons – curiosity, adventure, commerce, political missions or duress – and were part of an international movement of Māori of surprisingly large scale. Most travellers eventually returned home, bringing something of their own ‘new world’ experiences with them. These remarkable experiences of voyaging and discovery, presented across a series of vignettes, also form part of the wider history of Māori and Pākehā encounter.
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About the author

Vincent O’Malley is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a Wellington consultancy specialising inTreaty of Waitangi research, and is the author of a number of books on New Zealand history including The Meeting Place: Māori and Pākehā Encounters, 1642–1840 (Auckland University Press, 2012), which was shortlisted in the general non-fiction section at the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2013, and Beyond the Imperial Frontier: The Contest for Colonial New Zealand (Bridget Williams Books, 2014).
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Bridget Williams Books
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May 4, 2015
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History / Australia & New Zealand
History / Modern / 19th Century
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