Pathways of Taranaki – second edition

Pathways of Taranaki – second edition

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Driven from their ancestral homelands of Kawhia and Taharoa by powerful tribes of Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto. Te Rauparaha leads his tribe, Ngati Toarangatira, south to Manawatu and Horowhenua in the largest known migration in New Zealand’s history. The second in the trilogy of the legend; Te Rauparaha.

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ISBN: 978-0-473-53904-7 Second edition published by Kirsten Wilson Publishing. Trade paperback. 150 x 230mm (6″ x 9″ a conventional novel size). 340 pages.

A historical novel on the life of New Zealand’s legendary fighting leader Te Rauparaha in the early 1800’s.  Pathways of Taranaki is the sequel to Tides of Kawhia and the prequel to Shadows of Kapiti. 

The trilogy reveals the little known and fascinating true stories of New Zealand’s Maori history at the time of early European arrival, especially Te Rauparaha and his tribe Ngati Toarangatira (Ngati Toa). Told through the eyes of a fictional character Te Rou Rou, the story draws on extensive written histories, oral traditions, ancient songs and knowledgeable elders. The tales of heroism, treachery, Maori cultural norms of the time and the spiritual influences on tribal life are all historically accurate.

Driven from their ancestral homelands of Kawhia and Taharoa by powerful Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto tribes, Ngati Toa set out on a forced-migration south towards their promised new home in the Manawatu and Horowhenua. To get there they must pass through the difficult and dangerous Taranaki lands bringing everyone with them including children, the elderly and injured.

Also included from eye witness accounts is the famous single combat contest between the Waikato leader Te Wherowhero, who became Potatau (the first Maori king), and several dozen of the best fighters Te Ati Awa could muster. This duel is recognised as being without equal in our history.

The author pulls no punches and tells it like it was, violent, bloody, sad and inspiring.

Contains violence, cannibalism and references to rape and sex.

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by Tom O'Connor, mint condition – no autograph

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6 reviews for Pathways of Taranaki – second edition

  1. ray montgomery (verified owner)

    First two books where great reads waiting for the third

  2. Ross Robertson (verified owner)

    I have purchased a number of copies of all three titles in the Trilogy and have passed most of the books on to special friends with my recommendation. I particularly enjoyed the second edition of Pathways of Taranaki

  3. Les Hall

    Very powerful reading of both books. Read both multiple times. Cant wait for the third book

  4. Dave kana (verified owner)

    Fantastic reading I was raised from a baby at Maketu Kawhia behind Ahurei my partner was Scottish brought up with Maori in Porirua (Ngati Toa) so for sometime I’ve been wanting to know about Te Rauparaha and Ngati Toa therefore I am very thankful that your father wrote these books I’ve brought books 1 and 2 can’t wait for the third book but also I would like the new addition of book 1 Tides of Kawhia please once again fantastic reading plus just knowing how we Maori lived back then wow ever so grateful.
    Thanking You

  5. George Moss (verified owner)

    Still to read the third book in the trilogy. Really enjoyed the book, while I a reasonable familiar with a lot of Aotearoa’s history in terms of events and dates etc I had very little understanding of how Iwi society was structured and operated. A most worthwhile read and has allowed me to put context around and number of the historical points in time & happenings.

  6. Ralph Murray

    This was the second book of the trilogy that I read.I enjoyed the colloquial style of the writing.This no nonsense account of the culture and times of the people of Kawhia and their journey into Taranaki, was a gripping read.

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