Full of facts about the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how it was received in Tauranga, this book gives insight into many aspects of the Treaty - who signed, who refused, the wars, acts of cannibalism, Missionaries and more. A bilingual story is told over thirteen half pages and on the remainder of each page and on the facing pages are an array of photographs, historic dates and timelines; these are displayed eye-catchingly in different sized boxes so readers can enjoy ‘bite-sized’ pieces of information, and pick and choose aspects of interest.
The book is very well put together with a hard cover and thick pages, so ideal for libraries as a resource. It is perhaps a book a reader might only go to if they had an interest in the area, and having recently visited that part of our beautiful Aotearoa, I enjoyed learning some of its history.
McCauley, Thompson and Waaka obviously work well as a team to have produced this extensive history in a very readable and visually appealing form; we are blessed to have such talent in New Zealand. Recommended.
Title: The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana
Author: Debbie McCauley
Illustrator: Whare Thompson
Translator: Tamati Waaka
Publisher: Mauao Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2018
Reviewer: Vickie Humphries, Librarian, Mount Cook School, Wellington
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
Opening sentence: “Two hundred years ago, Tauranga Moana was a war zone; the fighting fuelled by musket selling traders.”
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