-Nga whakaahua me nga mahere whenua/ List of illustrations and maps -He whakapuakitanga/Foreword -Nga mihi/Acknowledgements -He kupu na te etita/Editor's note -He kupu whakataki/Introduction -He Pukapuka Tataku i nga Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui/ -A record of the life of the great Te Rauparaha -He apitihanga/End matter -He rarangi wa/Timeline -He pitopito korero mo nga puna korero/Notes on sources -Nga tohutoro/References -He kuputohu/Index
Tamihana te Rauparaha (1822-1876) was the son of Ngati Toa leader Te Rauparaha and Te Akau of Tuhourangi. Known as Katu in early life, he received a chiefly education and accompanied his father on many of his campaigns. He later became a key figure in the early Anglican Church in New Zealand, and one of a new generation of chiefs to adopt literacy. He was friendly with many of the Pakeha elite, adopted the manners of an English gentleman and became a successful sheep farmer in the Otaki district. Ross Calman (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, Ngai Tahu) has authored and edited important works on Maori language and history including Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi (with Mark Derby and Toby Morris), The Essential Maori Dictionary (with Margaret Sinclair), The New Zealand Wars and The Reed Book of Maori Mythology (with A. W. Reed). He is also a licensed translator. He lives in Wellington with his wife Ariana and they have two adult children. Calman is a descendant of Te Rauparaha, one of the offspring of a peace marriage forged between Ngati Toa and Ngai Tahu in the 1840s. The Ngati Toa Whakapapa Committee have given their blessing to the publication of this book.
'Kaore kau he kaumatua hei rite mo Te Rauparaha te mohio ki te whawhai, me te toa hoki, me te tino tangata ki te atawhai tangata.' / 'There has never been a man equal to Te Rauparaha in terms of knowledge of warfare and prowess in battle, and in being so dedicated to looking after people.' --Tamihana Te Rauparaha