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Being Pakeha Now: Reflections and Recollections of a White Native

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Paperback, 251 pages
Published by Penguin Books (first published 1976)
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Sep 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: autobio-bio
**Note - I read the older version **
Being Pakeha is an autobiographical discussion of Michael King's interactions with the Maori people and how that informed his perception of what it means to be Pakeha and to live in a dual culture society. Because the book was written in the 1980's, it felt dated. I think some of the issues he raises have been addressed, or are being addressed. As he points out, fairly, it takes time to right wrongs without doing new wrongs, and a thoughtful approach to repara
Aug 12, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best book I have ever read. The quote that "Pakeha New Zealanders who are committed to this land and its people are no less "indigenous" than Maori" is something that I believe fully and try to live up to in my everyday life. Michaeal King = amazing.
Giorgioneruth Robertson
Not as interesting as his Bio of other people. It felt a bit defensive in places but I really enjoyed the bites that further explained the circumstances of some of his other work. He seems to me he was to young to wright this at the time, but as he died at a relativity young age I guess its good we have this, I believe this will be the starting point of a Bio of him that will be written by a Maori writer and that when that book is written it will be the book the has the magic, I look forward to ...more
Jul 13, 2007 Julian rated it it was ok

I was hoping for a more personal account of how he interpreted being Pakeha in contemporary New Zealand. Instead, the book is chockers with name dropping.
Apr 05, 2009 Gay rated it liked it
Committed to New Zealand, though not a Maori. non-maori New Zealanders and sense of belonging, contributing.
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Michael King was one of New Zealand's leading historians and biographers. In 2006 he was named one of 100 most important New Zealanders that have ever lived. He published more than 34 books in his lifetime. His last, The Penguin History of New Zealand, has sold more than 200,000 copies and is widely considered to be the definitive history of New Zealand. His work in literary biography - most notab ...more
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