The Parihaka Woman by Witi Ihimaera.

Deftly interweaving past and present, fact and fiction, this is  a romantic adventure story set in an historical context. It details the life of a strong female character, Erenora, finding her way in the turbulent times of the 1870's and 1880's. 

It is the story of hardship and strength, ingenuity and courage. It is a compelling read with its dual narration and its Maori language content couched in the Taranaki dialect.