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The great leaders who have improved this world and left a lasting legacy include Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Ghandi to name a couple. Another leader, without the profile of Mandela and Ghandi is Te Whiti O Rongomai from Parihaka, New Zealand. Very little is known of Te Whiti’s inspirational, peaceful pacifism in 1881 and yet history records Ghandi was inspired by him. They ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published January 31st 2014 by The Story Mint
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Azadeh Nafissi
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bend with the Wind is a marvelous read for those readers who are looking for a lovely romance interwoven with history. Suraya Dewing artistically sets her novel against backdrop of a historical event: Springbok tour (also known as Rebel tour) to tell a very delightful interracial love story. Sophie, daughter of a British family in NZ, falls in love with, Joe, a Maori policeman who is also a musician. As a university student, she courageously wants to learn about other cultures, marry someone she ...more
Ray Stone
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a novel that should be sitting on everyone’s bookshelf and made available in all libraries. The Springboks 1981 tour of New Zealand had far reaching repercussions regarding racism and tolerance of multi-racial cultures. South Africa represented all the worst aspects of racism and New Zealanders showed their feelings through almost unheard of violent protest. In this decade of great change, this event left an indelible impression on Suraya Dewing. This novel has been written by someone wh ...more
Donna McTavish
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bend With the Wind is the story of Joe and Sophie. Theirs is a love story set against one of the most turbulent periods of modern New Zealand history, the Springbok tour of 1981 which, in the words of the author, created “a jagged fissure between those who favoured the tour and those who opposed it and it zig-zagged through communities and families all over New Zealand”. It was a time when New Zealand, a country obsessed with sport, and rugby in particular, was forced to take a long hard look at ...more
Francis Guenette
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bend with the Wind is a novel that provides breathtaking descriptions of New Zealand locations, a good bit of history with an inspiring focus on Maori traditions and a romance that is not accepted on either side of a racial divide.

Sophie is a white, privileged, young woman who steps out of her own comfort zone and that of her parents when she falls in love with Joe, a Maori police man who has his own struggles – neither fully accepted by his Maori people or the white police force he is part of.
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Rosie Amber
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bend with the Wind is set on New Zealand and weaves a story around the Maori people and their struggle for survival under White rule, over a period of just under 130 years.

We meet Sophie first at a Maori funeral. Then the story steps back thirty years to a time when Sophie was just nineteen years old and setting out to study a course in History about New Zealand and South Africa. This coincides with a planned rugby tour by the Springboks which is causing widespread protest due to the apartheid i
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Rosemary Wakelin
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Occasionally, one reads a book that leaves a long lasting impression, challenges one’s values and beliefs, makes one think.
Bend with the Wind, by Suraya Dewing is one such book.
Beautifully crafted, it explores the racial tensions in New Zealand, past and present, through the eyes of its two main and very credible characters, Sophie and Joe.
They fall in love.
But their inter-racial relationship is often tenuous due to strong family opposition, racial hatred and the hostility and violence of the
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Deb
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book traces historical events in New Zealand's history, dealing with racism, land claims as well as the Springbok tour in 1981. Weaving throughout this history is a love story between two people who fought to be together. An enjoyable read.
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