Te Ara Hou - The New Society is the second volume in the history of Maori in Nelson and Marlborough. This history details Maori participation in the European settlement society, from commitment to Christianity to enthusiasm for commerce and relationships with Europeans. It shows how Maori fared under European institutions, struggled to survive and how Maori culture and language were swamped by assimilation and Anglicisation.
Hilary Mitchell, of West Coast Irish stock, has been a secondary school teacher and a Nelson City councillor. She is a councillor of the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology. John Mitchell (Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Kinohaku) is tangata whenua of Mohua (Golden Bay). He has lectured at University of Canterbury, and represented Maori interests on a number of national bodies, including the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He is currently involved with the treaty settlement process within Te Tau Ihu.