A collection of short stories about encounters between between Maori and European prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

When digested collectively, a larger story unfolds.

“If we who live in the present in Aotearoa can discuss our shared history in the 19th and 20th centuries, then we may gain from that past. If we cannot do this, then we will have learnt nothing from the past and we will have exchanged nothing with each other.” Judith Binney.

“When you are faced with something that has caused a lot of hurt and harm, if you just ignore it you are allowing that wound to fester. But looking at history is not just about looking at the past, it is about thinking what sort of country we are and what kind of country we’d like to be”. Anne Salmond.