The Treaty of Waitangi – dramatised and seen from a different point of view.
It is 1823 and Henry and Marianne Williams are on their way to New Zealand, full of optimism in their quest to bring the Gospel of Peace to the Māori people. But the Māori, in particular Hongi Hika, are preoccupied with obeying the laws of utu and are in no mood for peacemaking. And the white settlers are even less impressed with the missionaries’ presence...
This lively historical novel is a compelling account of the people, events, and the forces driving them that surrounded the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
About the author:
Diana Harris grew up in Christchurch and studied languages and literature at the University of Canterbury, before taking up a French Government Scholarship to study at the University of Grenoble, France. From there she went to London, where she ran the office for a company operating hotel barge cruises oncanals in France.
On her return home she settled in Auckland, where she joined a publishing company and later worked as a freelance book editor for many years. However, after living overseas she realised what a special place Aotearoa/New Zealand is; she wanted to find out more about our history and the Māori culture, and she spent several years learning te reo Māori.
Howling in the Wilderness, covers the first half of the 19th century in the NorthIsland, concentrating on the lives of Henry and Marianne Williams. She believes the early 19th centurywas a crucial time when Māori and Pākehā people began to intermingle and, in her opinion, it is the most fascinating part of the history of these, our beloved islands.
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