Utu: A Story of Love, Hate and Revenge
To the — Right Hon. Sir George Grey1, — K.C.B., — Twice Governor of New Zealand. — and Framer of its Constitution
Right Hon. Sir George Grey1,
Twice Governor of New Zealand.
and Framer of its Constitution
To Whose Care and Foresight We, the European Inhabitants of These Happy Islands, Owe It That, a Free People Governed by Wise Laws, We Live in Amity with the Once Warlike Race, Some of Whose Ancient Customs are Illustrated in This Little Story, It is Respectfully Dedicated by The Author.page break
1 Sir George Grey (1812-1898) was twice governor of New Zealand; from 1845–1853 and then again from 1861–1868. He was also New Zealand premier from 1877-1879. In his role of governor he was accorded great respect by Māori and encouraged several chiefs to record Māori traditions, legends and customs. He was taught to speak Māori by Te Rangikaheke. For these reasons and his attempt to ensure fair land sales Bullock dedicated her book to him, although by the time her book was published Grey had returned to England where he spent his remaining years (Sinclair 2007).
[Note added by Vicki Hughes as annotator]