Book Review: Uprising

by Nic Low
Review by Ray

This incredible book is the result of many years of research, adventure, discovery and conversation. Author Nic Low grew up knowing Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana – the Southern Alps – through mountain stories from his European side. This book is his journey to discover the stories of the same landscape from his Māori ancestors.
I’ve never been a particularly adventurous person, but I found myself totally absorbed by the stories of the mountaineering and off-the-beaten-track journeys in this book. Low beautifully and generously weaves adventure in with reflections on history and place, and throughout offers fascinating and well-researched pre-colonial stories of Te Waipounamu. This is a must read for anyone who benefits from all that this island has to offer. Also loved by Harriet and Bel.