‘The Press’ [Christchurch] reviewer wrote, ‘Every household should have one.’ It’s not an academic treatise but flesh and blood brought to life. It is indeed a bridge. One that speaks clearly of the people of the past and how their world remains for all to see.
They carved their lives into the land, their sweat and blood raised the walls of the pa high, cut deep ditches of defence, cleared the land for their gardens leaving long lines of stone and etched their house terraces into the hillsides. Thus were created the indelible marks, the rich heritage bequeathed, the tattooed land that speaks to those who seek.