The Prophet and the Policeman: The Story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen
This is a second-hand copy of the book The Prophet and the Policeman: The Story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen by Mark Derby, published by Craig Potton Publishing in 2009.
About the book:
In April 1916, John Cullen, the head of New Zealand's police force, personally led a raid on the Tūhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community at Maungapohatu, deep in the Urewera mountains. The raid left two of Rua's followers dead and a number of others, including several police, wounded and has been described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars.
The Prophet and the Policeman is an account of this dramatic, tragic and powerfully symbolic event in our history, beginning with the circumstances leading up to the raid and exploring the aftermath. It is also a dual biography of the two principal protagonists: Cullen, a farm labourer from rural Ireland who rose through the ranks to lead the New Zealand police force and was famously devious and authoritarian; and Rua, gentle, charismatic and inspirational, although often mysterious and contradictory.
This is a highly readable, potent and fascinating retelling of a chapter of New Zealand history-disastrous for race relations and a historic low point for the police-that resounds to the present day.
Mark Derby is a writer and historian who has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal; Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand; and as South Pacific correspondent for Jornal Expresso, Portugal's leading newspaper, His other books include Kiwi Compañeros, on New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War. He is a sixth-generation Pākehā of Irish descent and lives on Wellington's south coast with his family,
Condition: used (good)