Author(s): Alfred A. (Alfred Augustus) Grace
Facsimile edition. While many collections of Maori folk-tales have appeared since this book was first published 100 years ago, a new edition seems justified because of the increased interest in Maori traditions in New Zealand and indeed other countries. Although folk-tales are not history as understood in the Western cultures, there seems little doubt that many of the incidents in this book actually happened, even though details may have been added and others amended. Historical or not, the stories in any case record many facets of daily life and beliefs in New Zealand before European contact and some of the feeects of that contact. The author, Alfred Augustus Crace (1867-1942), was a son of Anglican missionary the Rev. T.B. Grace. After schooling in England he returned to New Zealand to teach at the old Bishop's School in Nelson. With the help of his friend Karepa te Whetu of the Croisilles Harbour, he wrote widely on Maori culture.