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Turning Points - how events shape a nation

Turning Points - how events such as the Treaty of Waitangi go on to shape our nation

How can even seemingly insignificant events change the entire history of a nation? What constitutes a turning point?

Paul Moon, in his new book, ‘Turning Points: Events that changed the course of New Zealand History’ explores twenty pivotal events in New Zealand’s history which have played a crucial role in the evolution of the country.

Each event is described as a discrete story and illustrated with photographs drawn from the archives, and Moon outlines how New Zealand history has changed as a result.

All of these turning points reveal the huge diversity of ideas, beliefs, and courses of action that go to make up the history of this nation: the book is designed to be read by any New Zealander with an interest in their country’s history.

Includes events such as:

- The first discovery of the land of the long white cloud

- Hongi Hika’s visit to England

- The impact of the New Zealand Company settlements

- When women got the vote

- The First World War

- Maori migration to the cities

- Britain joining the EEC

- Waitangi Tribunal Claims

- The Springbok Tour

- The Homosexual Law Reform Act

- The politics of Rogernomics

- The emergence of a new electoral system with MMP.

Description: Paul Moon 2012About the Author:

Dr Paul Moon is Professor of History at the Faculty of Maori Development at AUT University. He has written extensively on nineteenth-century New Zealand history and Maori history and is also a frequent media commentator. See his latest piece for the NZ Herald here:

Publication date: 1st February 2013

RRP: $39.99

Format: 234 mm x 153 mm, Paperback, 262 pp, 50 b+w photos


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