2003: Michael King

From Kim Hill Collection, 5:00 am on 26 December 2023
A smiling older man with a beard points off camera, text reads "2003, Michael King"

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Kim Hill interviews historian and writer Dr Michael King at the time of the release of his acclaimed book ‘The Penguin History of New Zealand, in 2003, the year before King's death. The author talks about his optimism for Māori and Pākehā relations. He says one of the reasons he writes books is because "information dissolves prejudice". He offers a theory that you can have two indigenous peoples in one country - that Māori are our first people and Pākehā are our second people.

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