Libro International is proud to publish Wiremu Pere: The Life and Times of a Maori Leader, 1837–1915, the first biography of the seminal politician Wi Pere - a man caught between two worlds, struggling to preserve the Maori way of life and advance his tribes on the North Island's East Coast as colonisation gained pace.
The Life and Times of a Maori Leader,
by Joseph Anaru Te Kani Pere & others
A rangatira in times of change …
Wi Pere lived through some of the most turbulent chapters in New Zealand history. As a leader of his Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki tribes, he stood resolute during the tidal wave of change that threatened the Maori way of life, and went on in 1884 to become one of the first Maori leaders in Parliament.
This handsomely produced book describes Wi Pere’s eventful life and those who influenced him. Other parts trace his whakapapa back to ancient rangatira lines, and profile the Wi Pere Trust, one of his legacies that continues to prosper and grow today.
Wiremu Pere will appeal to all those who are students of Maori and political history as well as readers interested in the colourful life of this extraordinary leader.
Joseph Anaru Te Kani Pere, a great-grandson of Wi Pere, took over the writing of the book from earlier family members. A former teacher, he has a doctorate in English from the University of Waikato. After extensive research and writing, he has brought the work to completion with the support of the Wi Pere Trust.
Release Date: 19 November 2010 | RRP $90.00
Jacketed hardback, 240 x 180 mm, 440 pp, includes foldout deed and maps