‘Māori and Europeans were encountering one another for the first time not just along the shorelines of New Zealand but also on the streets of Melbourne, Liverpool and New York.’

From the late eighteenth century, Māori travellers spread out from New Zealand across the globe. They travelled for a variety of reasons – curiosity, adventure, commerce, political missions or under duress. Most travellers eventually returned home, bringing something of their own ‘new world’ stories with them. These remarkable experiences of voyaging and discovery, presented here in a series of vignettes, also form part of the wider history of Māori and Pākehā encounter.

What are BWB Texts?

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.

Available in paperback and ebook formats from booksellers and using the ‘buy’ buttons on the left. In addition to major retailers, the ebook is available direct (select 'Bridget Williams Books' on the pop-up menu) in formats to suit all reading devices. Purchasing the ebook direct will provide you with access via email to a bundle of DRM-free files. Please contact us at support@bwb.co.nz for assistance.

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