Pukaki: A Comet Returns

Author(s): Paul Tapsell

Maori Books

This unique book explores the legacy of one of the best known of Maori ancestors: Pukaki, the ancestral father of Ngati Whakaue, a hapu (sub-tribe) of Te Arawa of Rotorua. It is an ancestral history and more. As well as the stories of this great chief and his many descendants, the book relates the recent, controversial history of the carving of Pukaki that featured in the Te Maori exhibition, its origins, how it was acquired by the Crown, and how Ngati Whakaue regained it from the Auckland Museum in 1997.


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Winner of New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry 2001. Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: History and Biography Category 2001 and Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book of the Decade 2009.

Paul Tapsell is of Te Arawa and Tainui descent. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Auckland University and a doctorate in museum ethnography from Oxford University. He is now Director Maori of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and an adjunct lecturer at Auckland University.

General Fields

  • : 9780790007304
  • : Reed Books
  • : Reed Books
  • : July 2000
  • : 250mm X 250mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Tapsell
  • : Paperback
  • : 398.2
  • : very good
  • : 176
  • : 100 photographs & illustrations