Author(s): Hazel Riseborough
Ngamatea: The Land and the People is a very readable and impeccably researched account of a huge station in the central North Island, between the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges, high and remote and often snow-covered in winter. This is the history of the station chiefly from the point of view of the people who lived and worked there. It is packed with good stories and the personalities, many eccentric and colourful, over several generations come vividly to life. The chapter on the big muster, which lasted eight months of the year, for example, is fascinating. Cooks, shearers, shepherds and their dogs, musterers, gardeners, rabbiters and tough, eccentric landowners are all included in this engaging picture of an important facet of New Zealand's past.
Arnold Wilson (Tuhoe, Te Arawa) is a distinguished sculptor and educator who first developed the Pakeaka cultural education programme. He lectures in Visual Arts at Auckland's Manukau Institute of Technology. Janinka Greenwood, Pakeha of Czech descent, is a playwright and poet and teaches at Christchurch College of Education. She recently received the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education for her PhD thesis "Journeys into a Third Space: A Study of how Theatre Enables Us to Interpret the Emergent Space Between Culture".