Hongi Hika’s invasion of the Rotorua area in 1823 is one of the most dramatic and daring assaults ever in New Zealand. Yet like much of our early history, the details are unknown to many New Zealanders.
|Don Stafford |
(photo © Kerrie Grant)
The late Don Stafford committed himself to redress that imbalance – arguing throughout his distinguished career that events like the Musket Wars deserve to be studied no less than the Napoleonic Wars of the same period.
The distinguished historican dedicated his life and work to the Rotorua district, writing over 20 books on Rotorua and its history, including the monumental Te Arawa (published in a new edition last year by Oratia).
In A Wild Wind from the North: Hongi Hika's 1823 invasion of Rotorua, Stafford tells how Hongi’s Ngāpuhi forces roamed the North Island from the late 1810s seeking utu (revenge) for past slights.
Te Arawa, inland and with their island stronghold of Mokoia on Lake Rotorua, felt impregnable.
They did not count on Hongi’s epic portage of canoes to the lake shores, from which an attack on Mokoia became inevitable.
A Wild Wind from the North not only tells the story with Stafford’s flair and, but is also richly illustrated, including modern photos of the locations depicted.
This new printing in a handsome hardback keeps true to Don's commitment to the great stories of our past. Click here for more info.