John White

(1826—1891) ethnographer and public servant in New Zealand

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(1826–91), novelist and collector/ author of one of the largest works on Māori literary and historical traditions, grew up in Hokianga where he learned the language of his Māori neighbours and acquired a great enthusiasm for their culture and way of life. He was born in County Durham and travelled to New Zealand with his blacksmith father, Francis, and his mother, Jane, in 1834–35.


From The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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