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Ngāi Tahu: A Migration History; The Carrington Text—Atholl Anderson and Te Maire Tau (Eds) (2008)

This is a unique text that explains how Ngāi Tahu settled, fought and intermarried, establishing their right to the land in the South Island.

Publication details

Anderson, A. and T. M. Tau (Eds). Ngāi Tahu: A Migration Story. Wellington: Bridget William Books, 2008.

About the book

Ngāi Tahu: A Migration History tells the story of Ngāi Tahu’s migration from the Wellington area into the South Island. It annotates and extends a history of Ngāi Tahu that was recorded in the 1930s by journalist Hugh Carrington, who drew on the knowledge of Ngāi Tahu elders. The narrative from Carrington’s manuscript, ‘The Carrington Text’ held in the Alexander Turnbull Library has been framed and edited by two leading Ngāi Tahu scholars, Te Marie Tau and Atholl Anderson.

Ngāi Tahu: A Migration History brings together important oral traditions, whakapapa and early texts to complement the ‘Carrington text’ narrative of Ngāi Tahu’s history in the South Island

Further information 

  • Out of print


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.