Justice Joe Williams launched Mark Derby’s The Prophet and the Policeman: The Story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen at Wellington’s Unity Books on Wednesday night.
The former lead singer of ’80s reggae group Aotearoa sang the praises of the book saying it painted a highly nuanced picture of its two protagonists.
Author Mark Derby credited painter Bob Kerr – whose painting of John Cullen is peering over his shoulder – with sparking his interest in the Police Commissioner who arrested the Maori prophet Rua Kenana in 1916.
The Scoop Review of Books will be publishing a review of the book in the not too distant future but in the meantime you can listen to Paul Diamond’s review on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show here.
The Prophet and the Policeman is published by Craig Potton Publishing. And you can read more about it here.