Colenso was perhaps the most interesting of New Zealand’s early public figures. He established the first printing press and printed the first book, 5000 copies of the New Testament in Maori, in 1837. He also printed the Treaty of Waitangi. His Authentic and genuine history of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (1890) is regarded as the most reliable European account from the time. Throughout his life, he defended the rights and equality of Maori. Determined to expand the activities of the mission, Colenso undertook major journeys around New Zealand. He was also a revered botanist and political figure, intensely involved in public life. William Colenso: His Life and Journeys is the most comprehensive biography of this forceful individual, deserving this new edition.
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