Author(s): Judith Binney
Judith Binney's work spans nearly forty years of historical endeavour that began with the award-winning biography of the missionary Thomas Kendall, The Legacy of Guilt (1968). Her magisterial publication of 2009, Encircled Lands, is the culmination of many years' work on the history of the Urewera - a great scholarly enterprise that began with a visit to Maungapohatu in the late 1970s. The questions that presented themselves, in that place about that history, led to what Judith Binney has called 'the unanticipated trilogy': Mihaia (the biography of Rua Kenana); Nga Morehu (oral histories of women connected to the Ringatu church); and prizewinning biography of Te Kooti, Redemption Songs. Around this central core of remarkable books stands a ring of essays, exploring sidepaths, offering other stories, presenting glimpses tangential to her historical narratives. The people of these 'stories without end' are those we meet in the books: Rua and Te Kooti, their wives and their descendants; the leaders of the Urewera; the schoolteachers from Maungapohatu; those early missionaries; the government men. Oral history brings its particular resonance to some essays; a discourse on symbols and maps lends insight to another; taking this very specific history, located in the Urewera, to readers outside New Zealand gives a new slant. The stories in this collection are just that: narratives that flow one into another, filling out histories, bringing people out of the shadows, bringing scholarship to life. They are 'stories without end', from a writer who is also one of New Zealand's greatest scholars.
Judith Binney, DCNZM, FRSNZ, was born in Australia in 1940 and educated at Auckland University, where she is Professor Emeritus of History. She is the author of numerous books of New Zealand history, and in 1996 won the Montana Book of the Year Award for her biography of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki, Redemption Songs. In 2006, the Prime Minister's Award (2006) honoured her particular contribution to Maori history.
1 'Whatever Happened to Poor Mr Yate?', 1975 -- 2 'The Lost Drawing of Nukutawhiti', 1980 -- 3. 'Tuki's Universe', 1987 -- 4. 'Ancestral Voices: Maori Prophet Leaders', 1990 -- 5. 'Maori Oral Narratives, Pakeha Written Texts: Two Forms of Telling History', 2001 -- 6. 'Maungapohatu Revisited: Or, How the Government Underdeveloped a Maori Community', 1983 -- 7. 'Myth and Explanation in the Ringatu Tradition. Some aspects of the leadership of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki and Rua Kenana Hepetipa', 1984 -- 8. 'Two Maori Portraits: Adoption of the Medium', 1992 -- 9. 'Some Observations on the Status of Maori Women', 1992 -- 10. 'Te Mana Tuatoru: The Rohe Potae of Tuhoe', 1997 -- 11. 'Songlines from Aotearoa', 1999 -- 12. 'Te Umutaoroa: The Earth Oven of Long Cooking', 2001 -- 13. 'Tom Ryan's Sketches of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki', 2003 -- 14. 'Bringing the Stories Back Home', 2004 -- 15. 'In-Between Lives: Studies from Within a Colonial Society', 2006 -- 16. 'When the White Kawau Flies', 2007 -- 17. 'Papahurihia, Pukerenga, Te Atua Wera and Te Nakahi: How Many Prophets?', 2007 -- 18. 'Te Upokokohua: the Curse of Confiscation on Te Urewera', 2009 -- 19. 'The Misses Lundon and the "White Blackguards", 2010 -- 20. 'Portait of a Maori Woman, 1887', due 2010 -- 21. 'Stories without End', March 2010.