White Chief: The Story of a Pakeha-Maori

White Chief: The Story of a Pakeha-Maori

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This rather unusual history book tells the passionate and adventurous life story of the man who was probably the most significant Pakeha-Maori of all. Frederick Maning ended up in the wild Hokianga region in the 1830s. He lived with local Nga Puhi as their pet Pakeha-Maori, became as a rangatira, married a high-ranking Nga Puhi woman and produced four children. Maning was involved in the aftermath of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Hokianga area, and fought with tribal forces during the war in the North in the 1840s. Later in life Maning became an esteemed judge of the Native Land Court. In the 1860s he wrote Old New Zealand, which has become a classic of colonial literature. It contains unequalled accounts of Maori and New Zealand life during these times. Maning was also a prolific letter writer and John Nicholson draws on these letters, as well as interviews with relatives, to create a full account of this celebrated and sometimes controversial figure.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154 x 231 x 19mm | 404g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143020226
  • 9780143020226

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 'That little know but lovely land'; The Manings of Hobart Town; Hokianga; Among the Nga Puhi ; Maning muscles in Pakeha-Maori ; Less Pakeha, More Maori ; Hauraki and Moengaroa; Captain Hobson's Treaty; The Happiest Home and the Strangest War; Onoke; The War in the North; Troublesome Children and Bothersome Brothers; The Timber Trader and his Children; The Claret Jug; The Last Cruise of the Wanderer; Bothersome Brothers; Politics and Land; Gunpowder, Parliament and Books; Judge Maning; Tired, retired and re-retired; Auckland; Ghosts of the Past; Defiant till the End; Bibliography; Notes; Index
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