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Author's Note

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Author's Note

The Maori language is easy to pronounce if it is remembered that not only every word but every syllable ends in an accented vowel. The context-setting of the novel makes clear the meaning of the Maori words and phrases occasionally used, but the following diminutive glossary can't do anybody a bit of harm:

Pakeha. White man.
Whare. House. Hut.
Utu. Revenge.
Haka. Native dance.
Wai-ata. Native song.
Wahine. Woman.
Tohunga. Maori priest.
Tapu. Taboo.
Mana. Superstitious spiritual power.