Local Historians Win Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Book Award

Monday 21 September 2015

Nelson historians, John and Hilary Mitchell, were awarded the best biography in Massey University's Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards in Wellington last week.

The Mitchells have spent the last ten years writing a four volume series Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough. The series has culminated in their final book Ngā Whānau Rangatira o Ngāti Tama me Te Ātiawa – The Chiefly Families of Ngāti Tama and Te Ātiawa.

At the award ceremony, Massey University Vice-Chancellor Hon Steve Maharey congratulated the Mitchells saying, “We are ... celebrating books that will shape the future of not only how Māori see themselves but taking those stories to the rest of the world as well.”

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