Announcing the release of this new BWB Text by Dick Scott, which is now available as an e-book from the BWB website and global e-bookstores.
This 5 November will be 133 years since the invasion by colonial forces of Parihaka, Taranaki. In this BWB Text drawn from his landmark book Ask That Mountain, Dick Scott describes the historic events.
About Parihaka Invaded
The non-violent defiance of Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kakahi and their followers at Parihaka is one of the great New Zealand narratives. This extract from the book by journalist Dick Scott that brought the story to the Pākehā world describes what happened when troops and settler volunteers invaded the village of Parihaka on 5 November 1881.
Dick Scott is a journalist, writer, historian and publisher and the author of a number of important works of New Zealand history. These include 151 Days (1954), his account of the 1951 Waterfront Dispute; The Parihaka Story (1954); and Ask That Mountain (1975), from which the extract republished in his BWB Text is taken. He is also the author ofSeven Lives on Salt River (1987), an account of seven families who settled in the Kaipara district, which won the 1988 New Zealand Book Award, and his autobiography, A Radical Writer’s Life (2004).
About BWB Texts
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects. New BWB Texts are being released in digital and print throughout 2014 and beyond. Upcoming Texts include The Piketty Phenomenon: New Zealand Perspectives, a collection of New Zealand responses to Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.