(1811/12?–83), trader, writer and Land Court Judge, was born in Dublin to a Protestant family. He arrived in New Zealand in 1832 after nine years in Tasmania. His arrival is described in detail, with many Shande an digressions, in his entertaining, purportedly autobiographical book Old New Zealand: A Tale of the Good Old Times (1863), which has occupied a proud place on many a colonial bookshelf and has rarely been out of print through more than 130 years. When his ship anchored he paid a ‘native’ to carry him ashore; the man slipped and both fell into the sea; a wrestling match ensued in which Maning defeated his Māori opponent, who congratulated him warmly, as did the assembled people of both races. Maning's acceptance was assured.
From The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in Oxford Reference.