|About the Book|
MAORI GIRL is one of the few New Zealand novels that can truly be called a classic. First published in 1960, it has been the centre of argument and soul-searching ever since. Although the story deals objectively and honestly with racial discrimination, it is nonetheless much more than a social thesis. As a finely drawn portrait of an ordinary young woman growing up and dealing with the forces and values that shape her life, at first in a small rural community and later in the rough, fast-moving city of Wellington, Maori Girl has few equals in New Zealand literature. The questions it poses about the interaction of Maori and Pakeha are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.Maori Girl is the first novel of a four part series making a complete story- the others are Power of Joy, Maori Woman and The Glory and the Dream.