A revision of the trials and tribulations of one of the most famous Maori war generals and tribal leaders, Hongi Hika, this book peels back the veneer of previous studies and dispels many misconceptions. Illustrated with plenty of maps and photographs - many in colour - this is a modern, accessible account that shows how the actions of this famous personality have been distorted by the frames of traditional historical reportage, and is an important work that updates existing scholarship on the subject.
Veteran historian Don Stafford has published numerous articles and lectured widely within New Zealand and overseas on the Polynesian people of New Zealand. His first major work was Te Arawa (1967), a substantial history of Rotorua Maori. In 1980 he was awarded an MBE and a CBE followed in 1994 as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato. He is also the author of the multi-volume Landmarks of Te Arawa (1994), Introducing Maori Culture (1996) and Natural New Zealand: an illustrated guide (2003) among other titles.