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The Waikato: A History of New Zealand's Greatest River

by Paul Moon

  • Hardcover
    $51.79
PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9780994137616
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From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route.
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  • Hardcover
    $51.79
PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9780994137616
ANNOTATION:
From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route.

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From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route.

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From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route.

Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river.

The Waikato: A History of New Zealand's Greatest River is the perfect companion for anyone who has travelled the river, or who wants to delve deeper into its forgotten past.

Author Biography

Dr Paul Moon is Professor of History at the Faculty of Maori Development, Auckland University of Technology, and one of New Zealand's most respected historians and social commentators. Moon has appeared on numerous documentaries, current affairs and news programmes both in New Zealand and overseas. His 26 published books include Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand which was shortlisted for the international Ernest Scott Prize in History.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The River

I Tongariro

  1. A Maori Theory of Hydrology
  2. Early European Discoveries
  3. Maori Along the Tongariro River
  4. A River in the Desert
  5. Turangi and Tokaanu

II Taupo

  1. Apocalypse
  2. Naming the Lake
  3. Twice Doomed
  4. Pukawa, on Taupo's South-West Coast
  5. Taupo's East Coast
  6. Taupo

III Huka Falls to Lake Atiamuri

  1. `With echoing roar at our feet'
  2. `The most wonderful sights'
  3. Aratiatia to Broadlands
  4. `Not the least beautiful site in the district'

IV Pohaturoa to Karapiro

  1. Mt Pohaturoa
  2. Crossing the Waikato
  3. `Newcomers'
  4. `They attacked the problem vigorously'
  5. Maungatautiri to Piarere
  6. Karapiro

V Cambridge to Hamilton

  1. Cambridge
  2. `The metropolis of the Waikato'
  3. `Perfectly sound'

VI Horotiu to Huntly

  1. `Smooth clear whiteness'
  2. Ngaruawahia
  3. Taupiri - `That great sweeping bend of the river'
  4. Huntly
  5. `Uncomfortably small'

VII From River to Sea

  1. Rangiriri
  2. `Absolutely undrainable'
  3. Tuakau
  4. To the Sea
  5. The River's End
  6. Conclusion

Editorial notes Endnotes Index

Review

Acclaim for Paul Moon's Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand. A History.: "Make a place for this book on your shelf ... it needs to be there if you are interested in New Zealand" - Prof. Paul Cleave; "... a richly evocative study which should be read by all who value the distinctiveness of this country" - Judges: Ernest Scott Prize panel; "Consistently engaging and highly readable" - Landfall NZ

Product Details

Author
Paul Moon
Pages
456
Publisher
Atuanui Press
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0994137613
ISBN-13
9780994137616
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2018-05-17
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrations
140 b&w photographs, 18 colour plates
Short Title
The Waikato
Language
English
Media
Book
Subtitle
A History of New Zealand's Greatest River
Audience
General/Trade