The Parihaka Woman

Author(s): Witi Ihimaera

NZ - Fiction

Against the historical background of the compelling and extraordinary events which surrounded the village of Parihaka in the 1870s and 1880s, Witi Ihimaera tells the fictional story of Erenora. Parihaka was a place synonymous with passive resistance, a place that Erenora called home, a place where Horitana came to find and marry her. It was also a place that the colonial settlers wanted to occupy, by fair means or foul. While most in Parihaka who passively resisted the encroachments were sent to gaol, Horitana was to meet a far worse fate. Having made an enemy of a particularly sinister settler, he is imprisoned and disappears. Like a Shakespearean heroine, Erenora dons the clothes of a young man and goes off through New Zealand in search of him. Always surprising and inventive, The Parihaka Woman reveals a working writer constantly extending his range and humanity, continuing his exploration into the history of New Zealand and working at its intersections with fiction. It affirms Ihimaera's place in New Zealand literature as one of our finest technicians and storytellers.

About the author:
Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori novelist and has now published 12 novels, 6 collections of short stories as well as various works for children. Apart from his work as a writer, Ihimaera has also had careers in teaching, theatre, opera, film and television.

A stunning novel about a shameful episode in NZ's past, brilliantly written by an author at the height of his powers. The story of Parihaka is rich and powerful and needs to be told and this novel has captured its essence. It made me squirm at the brutality and ignorance of the actions of those responsible for this shameful period of New Zealand's history. An enlightening and marvellous read. Peter


Product Information

Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2012.

Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori novelist and has now published 12 novels, 6 collections of short stories as well as various works for children. Apart from his work as a writer, Ihimaera has also had careers in teaching, theatre, opera, film and television.

General Fields

  • : 9781869797294
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : July 2011
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Witi Ihimaera
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 280
  • : Illustrations, 1 map