This magnificent narrative tells of Ngāi Tahu’s migration from the Wellington area into the South Island. It annotates, extends and puts into context a 1930s history written by a Pākehā journalist, Hugh Carrington, who himself drew on the knowledge of Ngāi Tahu elders and scholars. Oral traditions and whakapapa complement the text.

The result is a unique document that explains how Ngāi Tahu settled, fought and intermarried, establishing their right to the land. Both Carrington’s enthralling tales of journey and consolidation and the tribe’s deep history come alive in the hands of two experienced historians.