Agents of Autonomy

By Vincent O'Malley

Agents of Autonomy

Agents of Autonomy examines the way that Māori reorganised and responded to the Crown’s determined drive to secure Māori lands.

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Agents of Autonomy examines the way that Māori reorganised and responded to the Crown’s determined drive to secure Māori lands.

Vincent O’Malley’s history discusses in detail the succession of Māori organisations, or ‘Native Committees’, that formed throughout the nineteenth century and came very close to regaining control of their affairs and their resources.


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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781877241024
  • Dimension: 140 x 220 mm
  • Pages: 308
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Feb 1999

Product Review

“An important study of the political struggle of Māori to control their own world throughout the later nineteenth century... It should convince doubters that Māori leaders themselves devoted herculean energies in efforts to lead their people and sustain their mana, demonstrating along the way sophisticated political skills.”Angela Ballara, New Zealand Books

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About the Author

Vincent O'Malley

Vincent O’Malley holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Canterbury and has a PhD on nineteenth-century runanga and komiti. As a professional historian engaged in the Treaty of Waitangi claims process since 1993 he has presented expert evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal on many occasions, including appearances before the Central N... Read More