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  • Title: Rangatira
  • Author: Paula Morris
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 457
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  • Auckland, June 1886 Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions, over three long days, having his portrait painted by the Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer Hearing of Lindauer s planned trip to England reminds him of his own journey there, twenty years earlier, with a party of northern rangatira As he sits for Lindauer, Paratene retreats deeper and deeper inAuckland, June 1886 Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions, over three long days, having his portrait painted by the Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer Hearing of Lindauer s planned trip to England reminds him of his own journey there, twenty years earlier, with a party of northern rangatira As he sits for Lindauer, Paratene retreats deeper and deeper into the past, from the triumphs in London and their meetings with royalty to the disintegration of the visit into poverty, mistrust, and humiliation Based on a true story.
    Rangatira Auckland June Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions over three long days having his portrait painted by the Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer Hearing of Lindauer s planned tr

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    1. An interesting snippet of New Zealand history although I wish it didn t spend so much time foreshadowing and then focusing on the negative of the trip it came across as a giant whinge where no character acted as they should and I m not sure what the message the author was trying to get across by choosing to highlight this so much.But the reason I only gave the book three stars was the writing style I expected The narrator s voice doesn t resonate with the wisdom of a man who lived through great [...]

    2. I was quickly hooked into this fusty old rangatira s incredible story, and stayed hooked all the way through Fascinating Extremely well written.

    3. It has taken some years for Paula Morris to finish her meticulously crafted and told tale of her tupuna s ancestor s journey to England in 1863 Her tupuna was Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu He was a fierce warrior who fought with Hone Heke against other tribes, and fully embraced the arrival of the European with their muskets and other influences After a time he converted to Christianity, quickly taking on the s and ways of the European Christians around him In 1863, now an exemplary convert, [...]

    4. Once again, Paul Morris dances the fine tightrope between fact and fiction with a meticulously researched novel based on real characters and in this case real paintings Rangatira is the astonishing story of a group of high born Maori who tour England in 1863 with Wesleyan Mr Jenkins The story is told through the first person narration of Paratene Te Manu, a now elderly Ngati Wai chief rangatira looking back over his life In England the group are the toast of the town, meeting Queen Victoria and [...]

    5. Rangatira, by New Zealand author Paula Morris of English and Ngati Wai Maori descent , is a most interesting book, particularly for those of us who are not very familiar with New Zealand history It is a recreation of the true story of the author s ancestor, Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu, who was one of a group of 14 Maori who visited England in 1863 4 The title, Rangatiri is especially apt because while it refers specifically to Maori chiefs, it also has connotations of leadership, and this t [...]

    6. I found this a fascinating read Paula Morris deals with notions of New Zealand identity and the often uncomfortable relationship between 19th Century England and the people of colonial territories Using the portrait of the rangitira Paratene as a way in to the story, we see the way Maori were frequently misrepresented to the world either because cultural nuances such as the significance of moko and cultural dress were lost in translation, or because the Pakeha representing them sought to use the [...]

    7. NZ Book Award winner 2012.Likeable, low key and pretty deft I like the ambiguity of the point of view if someone told me it d been described as revisionist it wouldn t surprise me and the handling of memory and historical judgement We never really get a clear idea of Jenkins intentions who is and who isn t in portraits Nice epilogue too obviously a work of love.

    8. I found this a beautifully written book which, though a novel, detals a real episode in the author s ancestor s life This was his trip to England in 1863 4 with a number of other rangitira where they were feted by the aristocracy including royalty and then travelled mundanely through England giving talks The book moves slowly narrated by Paratene but is very compelling reading.

    9. A good story, which I mostly relly enjoyed however, I didn t find the narrator convincing as a nineteenth century Rangatira Maori chief , the authors vehicle to tell the story as she wanted to Still the story was worth the read.

    10. This story of the many cultural interactions between Maori and the colonising British is powerfully told in the voice of Paratene Te Manu meditative and ultimately very moving.

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