This book follows Turning the Hearts of the Children, exploring why so many Maori in the 1880s were inspired to question the mainstream churches and flock to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church. Once again each chapter is written by direct descendants of a further twelve influential men and women, mostly born in the 19th century, who joined the Mormon Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and became leaders.
Selwyn Katene's introduction captures the relevance of these stories in the 21st century:
I hope that this book will encourage those who aspire to follow in the footsteps of these Maori leaders by daring greatly, challenging the status quo, inspiring a shared vision, modelling the appropriate behaviours, and
`taking the people with them' along the journey to leadership success.
Professor Selwyn Katene is director of the Global Centre for Indigenous Leadership at Massey University. His publications include The Spirit of Maori Leadership; He Korero Anamata: Future Challenges for Maori; Turning the Hearts of the Children; and Fire That Kindles Hearts. A fifth-generation Mormon, Selwyn is of Ngati Toa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Nga Ruahine and Ngati Tama descent.