The Raupo Concise Maori Dictionaryis an invaluable reference work, providing an essential list of words and their equivalents in Maori and English. First published in 1948, the dictionary has been revised and updated numerous times since, giving testimony to its ongoing reliability as a reference guide to everyday Maori words. It also includes a guide to the pronunciation of Maori and lists of useful vocabulary.
Born in Auckland in 1908, A.W. Reed (Alexander Wyclif) was educated at Mt Albert Grammar School. In 1932, he helped to found a book-publishing business, A.H. & A.W. Reed, one of New Zealand's leading publishing houses of the time with an enduring list of local books. Reed wrote more than 200 books himself, with a range of reference works and popular accounts of Maori culture. He died in 1979.