This is Us: New Zealanders in Our Own Words - pr_1772937

This is Us: New Zealanders in Our Own Words

By Pete Carter

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Product code: 9781775594338

ISBN 9781775594338
On Sale Date 01/06/2020
This is Us is a collection of over 200 brief interviews with New Zealanders, spanning the length and breadth of the country; from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. It was written in response to the Christchurch terrorist attack but is not about it; it is instead a representation of the New Zealand people in their own words. A celebration of the diverse, open, and inclusive communities that exist across New Zealand, This is Us inspires hope by showing the kindness and spirit of everyday people.

Each interview provides a snapshot of the subject's life, accompanied by a photographic portrait. The joy interviewees felt in telling their stories shines from the page. Each of the interviewees has a unique story to tell, and to have them collected in one place creates an engaging and insightful reading experience that will delight anyone interested in finding out more about Kiwi society and culture.

Carter spoke with characters from a variety of professions, age groups and cultural backgrounds. From a New Zealander with a long line of Kiwi ancestors, to a person with a Maori name but Italian and Brazilian parents, this collection reflects the ethnic diversity and cultural riches of New Zealand. This is Us is a tribute to the Kiwi spirit.

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Snapshot of vast differences yet fundamental similarities that make up a ‘Kiwi’

Sue From Masterton Store - June 2020

In these strange international times this book is a reminder of how fortunate we are here in New Zealand. We have strength of community and people from near and far, living alongside one another. ‘This Is Us’ is a compilation of over 200 stories. “Spanning the length and breadth of the country, from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and is a representation of New Zealand people in their own words. How they ended up on these islands at the end of the world and an insight into their lives; a snapshot of vast differences yet fundamental similarities that make up a ‘Kiwi’ and why that makes this country what it is. Above all it is a celebration in words and images of the diverse, open and inclusive communities that exist across New Zealand.” The idea for this book came after the Christchurch Mosque attacks and a desire to give voice to the varied citizens that call New Zealand home.