Spun around the real events of December 1642, when Dutchman Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand and Maori people first saw Europeans, STRANGER LOVE is a tale seen through the eyes of Tasman’s young cousin, Jakob, and the daughter of a Maori chieftain, Te Ao-mihia. While the Dutch record of what took place is well-known through three journals of the voyage, this book also attempts, for the first time, to recreate how Maori might have experienced the ultimately tragic clash of cultures.
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In August 1642, Abel Tasman sailed from Batavia (present day Jakarta) with two ships, a team of officers, a crew of sailors and a complement of soldiers at the behest of the United East Indies Company (VOC). They were in search of the Great Southland, which was assumed to stretch from New Holland (Australia) to South America and to be a place with gold, spices and people ready to trade. The Ngati Tumatakokiri, who lived around the Mohua, a bay renamed Murderer’s Bay because of events Tasman’s arrival triggered, and now known as Golden Bay, were a Maori iwi who had migrated across the straits from Whanganui in the North Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa one hundred years before Tasman’s visit. Since that time, they had been driven back to the West of the South Island’s top by later Maori migrations, and in particular by incursions of the Rangitane iwi.
About the Author
Richard Woolley has been a filmmaker, performer, musician and academic, and is still an active author and screenwriter. In the 1980s he wrote and directed films for cinema and TV, re-issued in 2011 by the British Film Institute in a box set entitled An Unflinching Eye. His award-winning films include: Telling Tales (1980), Brothers and Sisters (1981) and Girl from the South (1988). He has written five works of fiction, ranging from the historical novel Friends and Enemies (2010) to the futuristic and speculative novel Sekabo (2014). Richard lives primarily in Auckland, New Zealand.