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Whanau

by Witi Ihimaera

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nowadays Whanau is usually translated as family, but it’s meaning is a bit more complex than that. For this book Ihimaera is meaning the extended family and/or community in a very gentle way he covered some very serious issues of the time – the drinking culture, race relations, the gradual erosion of Māori land rights. These are some very imperfect beings, but I came to love them and I was rooting for them all – especially Nanny.

This is a book where it appears that not much happens, but actually quite a bit does.

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