Author(s): Paul Moon
Description: From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river. The Waikato: A History of New Zealand's Greatest River is the perfect companion for anyone who has travelled the river, or who wants to delve deeper into its forgotten past.
Review: Acclaim for Paul Moon's Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand. A History.: "Make a place for this book on your shelf ... it needs to be there if you are interested in New Zealand" - Prof. Paul Cleave; "... a richly evocative study which should be read by all who value the distinctiveness of this country" - Judges: Ernest Scott Prize panel; "Consistently engaging and highly readable" - Landfall NZ
Contents: Introduction: The River I Tongariro 1. A Maori Theory of Hydrology 2. Early European Discoveries 3. Maori Along the Tongariro River 4. A River in the Desert 5. Turangi and Tokaanu II Taupo 6. Apocalypse 7. Naming the Lake 8. Twice Doomed 9. Pukawa, on Taupo's South-West Coast 10. Taupo's East Coast 11. Taupo III Huka Falls to Lake Atiamuri 12. `With echoing roar at our feet' 13. `The most wonderful sights' 14. Aratiatia to Broadlands 15. `Not the least beautiful site in the district' IV Pohaturoa to Karapiro 16. Mt Pohaturoa 17. Crossing the Waikato 18. `Newcomers' 19. `They attacked the problem vigorously' 20. Maungatautiri to Piarere 21. Karapiro V Cambridge to Hamilton 22. Cambridge 23. `The metropolis of the Waikato' 24. `Perfectly sound' VI Horotiu to Huntly 25. `Smooth clear whiteness' 26. Ngaruawahia 27. Taupiri - `That great sweeping bend of the river' 28. Huntly 29. `Uncomfortably small' VII From River to Sea 30. Rangiriri 31. `Absolutely undrainable' 32. Tuakau 33. To the Sea 34. The River's End 35. Conclusion Editorial notes Endnotes Index
Author Biography: Dr Paul Moon is Professor of History at the Faculty of Maori Development, Auckland University of Technology, and one of New Zealand's most respected historians and social commentators. Moon has appeared on numerous documentaries, current affairs and news programmes both in New Zealand and overseas. His 26 published books include Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand which was shortlisted for the international Ernest Scott Prize in History.