Awatere: a Soldier's Story

Author(s): Hinemoa Ruataupare Awatere

NZ Military

Here is a story of Shakespearian dimensions: Arapeta Awatere was a humble man born in 1910 at Tuupaaroa on New Zealand's East Coast; in World War Two he served his country with distinction in fierce fighting, rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and led the 28th (Maaori)Battalion. Post-war he became a distinguished community leader, an acknowledged authority on tikanga Maaori; he was a founding member of Outward Bound and an Auckland city councillor, and so the list goes on. He was a poet, a musician, a composer, an orator and a genealogist. In 1969, at the age of fifty-nine, his life shattered. He was convicted of a crime of passion - the murder of his mistress's lover - and he ended his years in prison. This book is part of his legacy: the passion, insight and pain left by an indomitable spirit and strong intellect whose life's work nearly foundered in one night. Awatere: A Soldier's Story gathers together his autobiography, many of his poems and waiata, and two essays. It is Arapeta Awatere in his own words, told in his inimitable style. Readers of this special book will long remember one of the great figures of twentieth-century New Zealand.


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Hinemoa Awatere (Ngati Porou, Ngati Whakaue) is a poet, writer and researcher. At the time of the birth of her second child, Hinemoa decided that it was time to fulfil her lifelong ambition to publish the memoirs of her later grandfather, Col. Awatere. Hinemoa is the national director of the Kakahu Young Designers Scholarship Trust, which assists talented New Zealanders in the fashion industry.

General Fields

  • : 9781877283819
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : October 2007
  • : 230mm X 150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hinemoa Ruataupare Awatere
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 940.540092
  • : 510
  • : ports.