Frederick Edward Maning (1811-83), trader, writer and Native Land Court judge, is best known for his much-reprinted book Old New Zealand: A Tale of the Good Old Times (1863), by “A Pakeha Maori”, and to a lesser extent for his History of the War in the North of New Zealand against the Chief Heke, in the Year 1845 (1862), ostensibly a translated account by an unnamed Māori chief who had been opposed yet sympathetic to Hone Heke. History of the War in the North has been acclaimed as “the first work of lasting literary value published in New Zealand” (Calder, p. 5), and the more substantial, although more uneven, work Old New Zealand may well be …

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Ross, John C.. "Frederick Maning". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2015
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