Mana Whakatipu, by Mark Solomon (Massey August 2021)

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Mark Solomon was head of his iwi, Ngāi Tahu, for 18 years through their Treaty settlement that has made them a major economic player. His boldness, energy and common sense have allowed him to guide and be guided through a critical period in Aotearoa's cultural history. It reads very directly, as though he's speaking aloud, and it's made up of 30-odd short pieces on different aspects of his life, influences and experiences. It's a very inspirational book from a man who came from humble beginnings to become a major leader of one of the largest and wealthiest iwi in New Zealand.