sympathy is with the Maori, but they are apt to idealise his way of life and to ignore its problems.
However, this criticism cannot be levelled at many of the stories in this volume, which is a collection of some of the best stories written about New Zealand to date. It will give you a pretty fair idea of what writers in this country are capable of doing. Read them seriously or for pleasure, or to learn something about New Zealand and New Zealanders, or to find out how pakeha writers can handle Maori themes—whichever way you choose, I think you will find the reading well worth while.
—J. C. Sturm