Hongi Hika, warrior chief / Dorothy Urlich Cloher.Material type: BookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Viking, 2003Description: 351 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0670045446 (hardback); 9780670045440 (hardback).Subject(s): Hongi Hika, 1772-1828 | Ngā Puhi (New Zealand people) -- Biography | Māori (New Zealand people) -- History | Kōrero taumata | Pakanga | Kōrero nehe | Tino rangatiratanga | Tāngata | Whakapapa | New Zealand -- History -- To 1840DDC classification: 993.01092
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-336) and index.
One. Borne of a warrior tradition -- Two. The early wars : pre-1820 -- Three. First encounters with Europeans -- Four. Capturing the missionaries -- Five. Hoe do you do, Mr King George? -- Six. The Musket Wars -- Seven. Squaring off with the missionaries : 1820s -- Eight. Priest and protector of the Māori religion -- Nine. Twilight in Whangaroa -- Ten. Death of a warrior -- Eleven. Understanding Hongi Hika -- Appendix. Portraits of Hingi, Marian Minson.
This biography of Hongi Hika of Ngapuhi describes intimately the first continuous contact between Maori and European. The foremost Maori leader during the early years of European settlement, Hongi Hika led Ngapuhi on their devastating raids during the Musket Wars. Thousands of Maori were killed using the new weapons, and tribal power balances were radically altered. Hongi Hika is also important because he spans the old world and the new. He was a charismatic fighting chief of the old school, brutal when required - he participated in ritualistic cannibalism as a matter of course. But he also befriended European missionaries such as Samuel Marsden and Thomas Kendall, spoke English, and held his own at the English court during his visit to London.