Tangata Whenua: an Illustrated History won the Royal Society of NZ Science 2015 book prize. It is written by Atholl Anderson, the late Dame Judith Binney and Aroha Harris and published by Bridget Williams Books. The book charts the sweep of Māori history from ancient origins through to the twenty-first century.
In announcing this result on Friday Dr Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, noted that Tangata Whenua incorporates research from a range of disciplines from the sciences, including social science, and the humanities, which mirrors the breadth of scholarship supported by the Society.
In addition to being a history, the book is based on research on genetics and climate science as well as:
- archaeology (the study of past human activity through material left behind by human populations)
- anthropology (study of human society)
- ethnography (study of culture)
- paleoecology (study of past ecosystems or environments, reconstructed from fossils).
The other books shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Book Prize were:
- The Wandering Mind by Michael Corballis (Auckland University Press)
- Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes (Victoria University Press)
- Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with New Zealand Dolphins by Raewyn Peart (Craig Potton Publishing)
- Manuka: the Biography of an Extraordinary Honey by Cliff Van Eaton (Exisle Publishing)
You can buy your own copy from Whitcoulls for $99.99.