Auckland Libraries: Letters of New Zealand

Letters of New Zealand

From political statements to love letters, these titles demonstrate the history of letter writing in Aotearoa. Visit the Kīnaki: Ngā reta Māori exhibition at Central City Library | Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, to see the power of the pen through a sampling of letters written in te reo Māori to Sir George Grey. The exhibition is running from 15 March 2019 - 17 May 2019.

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Words between us

Alison Jones

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Through beautifully reproduced written documents, this book describes the first encounters Māori had with paper and writing, and tells an image-led story about the earliest relationships between Māori and Pākehā.

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He reo wāhine

Lachy Paterson

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He reo wāhine is a bold new introduction to the experience of Māori women in colonial New Zealand, through Māori women's own words - the speeches and evidence, letters and testimonies that they left in the archive.

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He pitopito kōrero nō te perehi Māori = Readings from the Māori-language press...

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From letters to articles, news to obituaries, this is an insightful selection of Māori-language texts that are useful as a reflection of New Zealand history and Māori attitudes. Edited by Jenifer Curnow, Ngapare Hopa & Jane McRe.

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Māori is my name

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An anthology of historical Māori writings in translation, from early European times to the beginning of the twentieth century. Edited by John Caselberg.

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The adventures of pioneer women in New Zealand from their letters, diaries and...

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These first-hand stories of pioneer women include adventures by land and sea culled from old books, and many previously unpublished diaries and reminiscences. They give a lively picture of life in a new land. Edited by Sarah Ell.

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Letters from the Bay of Islands

Marianne Williams

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An extraordinary first-hand account of the first missionaries to New Zealand. They provide a window into both a key chapter in the history of European interaction with Māori, and into the unique and courageous character of a pioneer woman.

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Letters to Grace

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This remarkable collection of letters provides a rare female perspective on life in colonial Canterbury, when letter writing was the only way to contact family members on the other side of the world. Edited by Jean Garner & Kate Foster.

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Book & print in New Zealand

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This collection of essays looks at the effect of print on Māori and their oral traditions, printing, publishing, bookselling, libraries, buying and collecting, readers and reading. Edited by Penny Griffith, Ross Harvey & Keith Maslen.

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Putea whakairo = Māori and the written word

Bradford Haami

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Bradford Haami presents a history of the Ngāti Hikatoa people through the writings of seven Māori people spanning four generations of the Maaka family.

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Colonial discourses

Lachy Paterson

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This book illuminates the whole colonial discourse between Māori and Pākehā, as it appeared in the Māori-language newspapers during a critical period in New Zealand history.

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My hand will write what my heart dictates

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This book details the unsettled lives of women in nineteenth-century New Zealand. Their secrets were revealed through the art of letter writing to sisters, friends and family. Edited by Frances Porter, Charlotte Macdonald with Tui MacDonald.

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A history of New Zealand literature

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Beginning with a comprehensive introduction that charts the growth of a national literary tradition, this history includes extensive essays that illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of New Zealand literature. Edited by Mark Williams.

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