Author(s): Gareth Winter
Two Men of Mana is a colourful collection of stories about Wairarapa's early days. The 25 chapters bring 19th century New Zealand to life with true tales about people, places and memorable moments. There are the challenges of pioneering life - from arduous journeys to the ever-present fear of fire - and the personalities who helped shape settler society. There are poignant love stories and no-holds-barred politics. There are shipwrecks on the coast and a tumultuous reception when the railway finally reached Masteron. These illustrated stories, written by Gareth Winter over several years, draw on the extensive Wairarapa Archive collection of regional records, newspapers and photographs.