Dr. Monty Soutar, ONZM is a true jack-of-all-trades—teacher, soldier, historian, iwi chief executive, civil servant and novelist extraordinaire. His dynamic roles span from leading digital projects to writing about Māori wartime heroism in Nga Tama Toa to appointments on national advisory boards, including the Waitangi Tribunal.
Tracing his own ancestral line, Monty’s debut novel Kawai: For Such a Time as This reveals a picture of indigenous Aotearoa in the mid-18th century, through to the first encounters between Māori and Europeans. Illuminating history’s hidden corners, the novel reveals the role colonisation played in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand, balanced with an honest appraisal of the country in pre-colonial times.
Kawai: For Such a Time as This is our chosen book for this year's Book Club, grab a copy and get reading!< Back To Artists