New Zealand Historical Atlas:
Ko Papatuanuku e Takoto Nei
Malcolm McKinnon (Editor) with Barry Bradley and Russell Kirkpatrick
PUBLISHER: David Bateman Ltd
A full-colour journey through New Zealand’s past to its present in maps, pictures and words. One hundred exciting double-page spreads of striking visual impact show the country in a form that is easy to understand and exciting to access.
Using the most sophisticated computer technology available, historians, cartographers, geographers, geologists and archaeologists have pooled their knowledge and research to create an exceptional book which is highly pictorial yet remarkably detailed. The maps are startlingly original, for they turn the country upside down and inside out and illustrate much of the land three-dimensionally. Through each page people of all ages will be able to learn more about and interact with the story of these islands, either chronologically or by sampling time and subjects.
The Atlas is an authoritative, wide-ranging, beautiful, exciting and accessible gateway to New Zealand which will foster and stimulate a greater understanding of the country’s past and present.
“The deputy editor of the project was Russell Kirkpatrick, a former PhD student and Fellow of the [Geography] department, whose role was the creation of the imaginative representational cartography that has done so much to make the reputation of the Atlas.
The Atlas has won prestigious awards (Bartholomew International Cartography Award (UK); Excellence in Cartography Award at the Canadian International Cartographic Exhibition, Readers' Choice Ward in the Montana Book Awards), been very favourably reviewed, and after five years has sold nearly 40,000 copies.” University of Canterbury, 2002.
“… this volume is not only handsome but highly informative, and will help to take forward debate on the history of the Land of the Long White Cloud.” Ged Martin, University of Edinburgh.
“The atlas is a skilful blend of text, Maori genealogy, photograph, pie and bar graphs, three-dimensional drawings, architectural plans, advertisements, cartoons, and, as one would expect, maps. The latter are remarkable.” Richard Greenaway, Canterbury Public Library.
“The atlas is a treasure trove of information, the design and cartography is innovative, and often challenging and arresting.” Brian Marshall, University of Auckland.
“… the result is a superb record of journeys into this country’s histories: sweeping in its scope, highly innovative in its design, and immediately engaging in its appeal … it is in the design and detail of the plates that the real merit of this atlas is apparent. This is not conventional cartography, not the supposed dispassionate eye of the cartographer recording in two dimensions in standard maps … what this atlas attempts ambitiously, but ultimately extremely successfully, is a different cartography … the New Zealand Historical Atlas is a superb volume … an atlas to inform, an atlas to explore, and atlas to question, and an atlas to treasure.” John Overton, Massey University, New Zealand Geographer.
“My congratulations on a magnificent publication. You have done our nation proud.” Sir Tipene O’Regan, Ngai Tahu.
“It gives us an outstanding example of how high standards of scholarship can go hand in hand with imaginative presentation of the material. This volume has been worth waiting for.” Sharon Evans, New Zealand Geneaology.