Bible & Treaty: Missionaries Among the Maori-A New Perspective
Bible & Treaty- Missionaries among the Maori is a complex and colourful adventure of faith, bravery, perseverance and betrayal that seeks to recover lost connections in the story of modern New Zealand. It brings a fresh perspective to the missionary story, from the lead-up to Samuel Marsden's first sermon on New Zealand soil, and the intervening struggle for survival and understanding, to the dramatic events that unfolded around the Treaty of Waitangi and the disillusionment that led to the Land Wars in the 1860s. While some missionaries clearly failed to live up to their high calling, the majority committed their lives to Maori and were instrumental in spreading Christianity, brokering peace between warring tribes, and promoting literacy - resulting in a Maori-language edition of the Bible. This highly readable account, from the author of Ratana Revisited- An Unfinished Legacy (2006) and Ratana- The Prophet (2009), shines a new light on the ever-evolving business of New Zealand's early history.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 154 x 230 x 28mm | 486g
- 28 Jun 2010
- Penguin Group (NZ)
- Penguin Books (NZ)
- Auckland, New Zealand
About Keith Newman
Keith Newman is an award-winning journalist, with over 30 years' experience in mainstream and trade media, including newspapers, magazines and radio. His first book, Ratana Revisited- An Unfinished Legacy, was published in 2006, with the follow-up biography, Ratana- The Prophet, released in 2009. Bible & Treaty- Missionaries Among the Maori was published in 2010, and its companion, Beyond Betrayal- Trouble in the Promised Land - Restoring the Mission to Maori, is forthcoming in 2013. Newman lives with his wife, artist Paula Novak, in the Cape Coast township of Haumoana, Hawke's Bay, where he moved in 2009 after 25 years in Waitakere City, Auckland.
Our customer reviews
I loved reading this book. I found Keith Newman's style engaging and clear in tackling this complex, convoluted period of the history of New Zealand. It was a breath of fresh air coming across a contemporary author who is bold enough to go against the politically correct flow of society and meticulously document the valuable contribution made to the establishment of one of the fairest, most democratic countries in the world - New Zealand. Without a doubt, New Zealand would not be what it is today, a beacon of light in a world struggling to overcome prejudice of every kind. The early missionaries laid a solid foundation amongst Maori, and then Maori people championed their new found faith amongst their own people continuing a spiritual legacy that exists to this day. Who else can pray in public without being considered regressive?show moreby Cathy Rogers