Author(s): T. A. Pybus
This is a facsimile edition of the book first published in 1954. In this book Mr Pybus tells of the coming of the first brown men to the South Island of New Zealand, of their traditions, religious beliefs, customs and way of life. He gives a succinct history of the successive waves of migration and conquest from the North Island, culminating in the ferocious raids of Te Rauparaha and the epic and ill-fated journey of Te Puoho. The book concludes with the first establishment of Pakeha whaling stations in Otago and Southland, and the effect that these first contacts with the white men had upon the native population. It is the story of the decline of a once-proud people, but one that ends on a note of promise.
Contents include: I. The origin of the Maori -- II. Manner of life, religion and customs -- III. The South Island Maori -- IV. Te Rauparaha -- V. The decline of the Maori -- Glossary of Maori words.