Books

These books are split into several sections: Decolonisation, looking at the ways colonisation has oppressed Māori, their whenua, tikanga and reo, and how we can work towards healing that; Anti-racism, focusing on the way racism and white supremacy appear in systems and our lives, from an international perspective; Fiction books; and other great book related resources.

Decolonisation Books

 
Edited by Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui

A sharp assessment of how New Zealand is meeting its obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, this book reflects on the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and examines its relevance in New Zealand.

Edited by Tapu Misa and Gary Wilson

Māori, Pasifika and Pākehā writers grapple with topics that range from politics and social issues to history and popular culture.

Edited by Jessica Hutchings and Jenny Lee-Morgan

This book examines decolonisation and Māori education in Aotearoa New Zealand in ways that seeks to challenge, unsettle and provoke for change, drawing together leading Māori writers and intellectuals on topics that are at the heart of a decolonising education agenda. 

By various authors (published by BWB)

This book seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.

By Ranginui Walker

History of Aotearoa, New Zealand, for the first time from a Māori perspective. Looking at the way Māori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. The title is taken from the famous response by Māori defenders at Ōrākau in the New Zealand wars, stating that they would never surrender. 

Commisioned by Kuia and Kaumātua of Ngāpuhi 

An independent report about He Wakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (1835) & Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840). It summarises and assesses the Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu evidence given at the Initial Hearing of their Waitangi Tribunal claim.

By Vincent O'Malley

The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation’s history. They are an integral part of the New Zealand story but we have not always cared to remember or acknowledge them.

By Melani Anae

In a book that is both deeply personal and highly political, Melani Anae recalls the radical activism of Auckland’s Polynesian Panthers. In solidarity with the US Black Panther Party, the Polynesian Panthers was founded in response to the racist treatment of Pacific Islanders in the era of the Dawn Raids.

By Allison Jones

A timely and perceptive memoir from author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pākehā and Māori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands.

Antiracism Books

By Anne Milne

Describes the 25 year journey of two schools and their community’s determination to resist and reject alienating school environments in favour of a relevant culturally-located, bilingual learning model based in a secure cultural identity, stable positive relationships, and aroha.

By Linda Tuhiwai Smith

This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research. Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed in this book, and an argument presented that the decolonisation of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being.

By Tina Ngata

A compilation of critical essays written about New Zealand's TUIA 250 Commemorations of James Cook's voyages to New Zealand and the Pacific, and the impact they have on Māori and the wider struggle against colonialism.

By Donna Awatere

A powerful argument about the costs to Māori of cultural imperialism and the importance of indigenous peoples recovering their own cultures.

By Melani Anae, Leilani Tamu, and Lautofa Iuli

This book records the Pacific rights and social activist movement in New Zealand, told by those who were there. They sought to raise consciousness and took action in response to the racism and discrimination Pacific peoples faced in New Zealand.

By Ross Calman, Mark Derby and Toby Morris

This graphic novel provides a fresh approach to the story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. It covers a wide time span, from the arrival of Polynesian explorers to the signing of Te Tiriti, to the New Zealand Wars, and through to the modern-day Treaty settlement process.

By Claudia Orange 

Claudia Orange’s writing on the Treaty has contributed to New Zealanders’ understanding of this history for over thirty years. In this new edition of her popular illustrated history, Dr Orange brings the narrative of Te Tiriti up to date, covering major developments in iwi claims and Treaty settlements.

By Alice Te Punga Somerville

'There was never a single beginning point for the history of this place'.

Alice Te Punga Somerville employs her deep research and dark humour to skilfully channel her response to Cook’s global colonial legacy in this revealing and defiant BWB Text.

By Jen Margaret

Non-indigenous supporters of indigenous justice in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand discuss their practice. They reflect on what led them to become involved in indigenous justice issues, what informs their approach and how they know if their work is useful.

 
By Glenn E. Singleton

A field guide for achieving equity in schools. Examining the achievement gap in education through the prism of race, the authors explain the need for candid, courageous conversations about race in order to understand why performance inequity persists.

Edited by Bettina Bergo and Tracey Nicholls 

Who is white, and why should we care? This volume gathers together some of the most influential scholars of privilege and marginalisation in philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, literature, and history to examine the idea of whiteness.

By Layla F. Saad

A powerful 28 day workbook designed to help white readers to understand and dismantle their privilege and fragility around race. Highly recommended! You can buy the book or download on Audible. You can read the Stuff review, or download a free excerpt. 

By Ijeoma Oluo

Guides readers of all races through addressing such as issues as intersectionality, affirmative action, "model minorities", privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word, trying to create honest conversations about racism.

By Reni Eddo-Lodge

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race in Britain.

By Ibram X. Kendi

"The opposite of racism isn't not racism, it's anti-racism." This book  punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

By Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

This book documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever.

By Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon's seminal work on the trauma of colonization made him the leading anti-colonialist thinker of the twentieth century. Written at the height of the Algerian war for independence from French colonial rule, it analyses the role of class, race, national culture and violence in the struggle for freedom. 

By Robin DiAngelo

Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racsim: Exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Fiction Books

 
By Witi Ihimaera and Hēmi Kelly

Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau. During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement.

By Witi Ihimaera

Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, this book sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s.

By Angie Thomas

Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

By Tina Makereti

From the Chatham Islands/Rēkohu to London, the 21st century to 1835, this novel confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Māori and Pākehā, as they  they grapple with a legacy of pacifism, violent domination and cross-cultural dilemmas

Other Cool Stuff

 

Bridget Williams Books

Great NZ Publisher

Read our words

Spinoff Reading List

He Hōmiromiro

Reading group from Stop Institutional Racism NZ

Kei te pai press

Reading group

Antiracist books

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