Imagining Decolonisation

Book Author Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Rebecca Kiddle, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton, Amanda Thomas
Rights Available World Excl NZ

Decolonisation is a term that alarms some, and gives hope to others. It is an uncomfortable and often bewildering concept for many New Zealanders.

This book seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.

Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award 2021
Royal Society Te Apārangi Bookseller’s Choice Award
Aotearoa Book Industry Awards Joint Winner 2021


Bridget Williams Books


Non Fiction

General Non Fiction

Age range
Young Adult & Upwards

Publication Date
March 2020

Rights Available:
World (ex NZ)

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Reading Imagining Decolonisation, the slim book that invites us to dream big.

Anahera Gildea, The Spinoff

With stories, anything is possible.

Moana Jackson, e-Tangata

Instead of talking at the reader these authors present informed ideas and observations for thought and also reference one another. This topic can be nerve wracking as there are so many different connotations associated with the word 'decolonisation' currently. How do you view the way life is going for our people and country? Consider some of the ongoing problems.... personal, social, environmental, cultural, fiscal and political, which never diminish but become more complex because of the way we are currently viewing them. I do encourage people from all walks of life to read this small but powerful book to gain an insight into the current conversation surrounding a credible future that could provide huge gains for all.

Unity Books (Wellington)

To mash the metaphors: is it a matter of a married couple uniting their individual strengths under one roof, or of finding peace by living "together apart"? Perhaps such ambiguity is inevitable in a collaborative exercise in fleshing out what Jackson calls the "ethic of restoration", where the end point gains definition as the journey progresses.

Vaughan Yarwood, New Zealand Geographic