Te Ao Tawhito: The Old World contemplates Maori origins in the `blue continent', the vast Pacific Ocean across which the earliest ancestors travelled to settle these southernmost Pacific islands. Here they organised into hapu and iwi, adapting tropical ways to life in a huge but temperate land, building communities and developing cultures. Early European visitors observed Maori society and changed it too, as more and more Europeans arrived, then stayed. Drawn from the landmark publication, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014), Te Ao Tawhito tells the great origin narrative of Maori history from 3000 BC-AD 1830.
Atholl Anderson, CNZM, FRSNZ, FAHA, FSA (Ngai Tahu), was awarded the Prime Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for Non-fi ction in 2016, with particular reference to Tangata Whenua. To the writing of this landmark history, he has brought the experience of many years' archaeological research throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Working with tradition, he has made a significant contribution to tribal history in southern New Zealand, with books such as The Welcome of Strangers (1998) and Ngai Tahu: A Migration History, edited with Te Maire Tau (2008). He is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, and associated also with the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.
1. Ancient Origins, 3000 BC-AD 1300 Across Time: Hei Tiki
2. Speaking of Migration, AD 1150-1450 Across Time: Whakairo for the People
3. Pieces of the Past, AD 1200-1800 Across Time: Wairau Bar
4. Emerging Societies, AD 1500-1800 Across Time: Kai Moana
5. In the Foreign Gaze, AD 1642-1820 Across Time: Whenuahou
6. Old Ways and New Means, AD 1810-1830
Postscript: The Past Matters
Appendices: Maps & Figures; Te Reo in the Text