March 24, 2015
Tangata whenua makes book shortlist
The monumental history Tangata Whenua has made the shortlist of this year’s Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize has been announced.
The competition is open to books which communicate scientific concepts in an interesting and readable way for a general audience.
The judges say authors Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris present archaeological and genetic evidence alongside history, traditional narratives and oral sources to produce a powerful story that is both scholarly and readable of Maori people and the land they live in.
The other shortlisted books cover neuroscience, New Zealand’s five dolphin species, manuka honey, and a book of poems about science by Caoilinn Hughes.
The winner will be announced at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.
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