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Sun 16 May 2010, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard, from 12 May: $19.50
  • Earlybird: $16.50
  • Club Member: $15.50
  • Student: $9.75
  • Additional fees may apply

In 1895, a meeting took place in the rugged Urewera ranges – Tūhoe country – that had lasting effects on views of traditional Māori society. Elsdon Best, a self-taught anthropologist and quartermaster on the road past Lake Waikaremoana, was sought out by a leading Tūhoe chief, Tutakangahau of Maungapōhatu. The stories he gave to Best to be recorded for future generations are still with us today, and Best went on to become a noted Pākehā authority on the last of ‘the old time Maori’.

Can Best’s writings be relied upon? Jeffrey Paparoa Holman’s unique examination of this historically significant relationship in Best of Both Worlds informs a vital debate on the shared identity of Māori and Pākehā.

Holman talks with Hemana Waaka, (Ngai Tūhoe), journalist, sports commentator and documentary film-maker, on the place of these two men in Tūhoe history.

Presented as a part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

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