Preface; 1. Origin of the New Zealanders; 2. Natural divisions of the New Zealanders; 3. Genealogy of mankind; 4. 'Atua', their nature and attributes; 5. Explanation of the words 'Tapu' and 'Noa'; 6. Causes of disease; 7. Charms and spells; 8. Education of youth; 9. Selections from songs called 'Waiata', with translations; 10. Oratory. 'Whakatauki', or proverbs; 11. State of civilization of the New Zealanders when first discovered; 12. Divisions of the New Zealanders into 'Waka', 'Iwi', and 'Hapu'; 13. Arms; 14. A New Zealander's will; Appendix; Vocabulary.
This distinctive 1854 ethnography by a British colonial interpreter drew on his excellent relationships with Maori leaders.