"Handy, authoritative and - best of all - affordable... " - Sunday Star-Times
"... puts Maori literature within everybody's reach." - Christchurch Star
"Its concise nature and easy-to-follow alphabetical sequence make this an ideal reference book. Orbell provides a wealth of information which is bound to captivate the reader and encourage further exploration of the fascinating and alluring culture of our indigenous people." - Dunedin Star Weekender
Margaret Orbell was the author of eight previous books on Polynesian tradition, literature and belief, including The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend, a finalist in the 1996 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. After retiring from her position as Associate Professor of Maori at the University of Canterbury she became a full-time writer.