'A photo album doesn't tell the whole story of a family and this book doesn't tell the whole story of Parihaka. Rather, it is a collection of snapshots, a patchwork quilt, a scrapbook, a mongrel record my own efforts to understand one of the most important and disturbing events in New Zealand history - the 1881 invasion of Parihaka - and its powerful, complicated legacy. ' Rachel Buchanan. The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget blends the personal and the historical. It tracks the author Rachel Buchanan's discovery of her family's links with Parihaka and her Maori and Pakeha ancestor's roles in the early days of the city that is now Wellington.
Rachel Buchanan BA (Hons), LLB is currently a lecturer in Media Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and previous to that, she worked as a contributor at Melbourne's The Age newspaper. She's a widely published journalist, historian, essay writer and short story writer in both in New Zealand Australia. Rachel grew up in Taranaki and did her PHD on Parihaka. Years later she attended a big art show at City Gallery in Wellington in 2000-2001 on Parihaka and was inspired to write this historical memoir.