Michael King

About Michael King

Who is it?: Historian & Biographer
Birth Day: December 15, 1945
Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealander
Died On: 30 March 2004(2004-03-30) (aged 58)\nnear Maramarua, Waikato, New Zealand
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Occupation: Historian, biographer
Alma mater: Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato
Notable works: The Penguin History of New Zealand
Notable awards: Order of the British Empire (1988) Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (2003)

Michael King Net Worth

Michael King was bornon December 15, 1945 in Wellington, New Zealander, is Historian & Biographer. Michael King was a New Zealand biographer, author and historian and worked on exploring the Maori culture and history throughout his life. He wrote biographies on important Maori sources like Te Puea Herangi, Whina Cooper, Janet Frame, etc. With these important accounts of the Maori times, King was able to scratch the history of New Zealand and establish Maori’s relevance with it. He did not only study Maori culture but also did his research and writings on the Pakeha literature as he himself belonged to the Pakeha ethnicity. Through his books: ‘Being Pakeha’, biography on ‘Frank Sargeson’ and ‘Being Pakeha Now’, he established that Pakeha literature and culture has the same importance as Maori and both the cultures have the same spiritual significance. Through his various books and biographies, King has carved out the psyche of the New Zealanders and of the nation itself. He is the writer of books like: ‘Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century’, ‘Te Puea’, ‘Whina’, Moriori: A People Rediscovered’, ‘A Land Apart: The Chathan Islands of New Zealand’, ‘In Tread Softly: For You Tread On My Life’, ‘In At The Edge of Memory: A Family Story’, etc. His most famous book ‘The Penguin History of New Zealand’ fetched him the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement in the category of nonfiction writing.
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💰 Net worth: $800,000

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Awards and nominations:

King was winner of the 2003 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction. Throughout his career he won the Feltex Television Writers' Award (1980), Winston Churchill Fellowship (1980), Fulbright Visiting Writers' Fellowship (1988), Order of the British Empire (1988), NZ Literary Fund Award (1987 and 1989), Wattie Book of the Year Award (1984 and 1990), NZ Book Award (non-fiction) (1978) and was Burns Fellow at the University of Otago (1998–99). His book The Penguin History of New Zealand was overwhelmingly the Readers' Choice at the 2004 Montana NZ Book Awards. The New Zealand Herald named him New Zealander of the Year for 2003.

Biography/Timeline

1967

King earned degrees in history at Victoria, (BA 1967) and the University of Waikato (MA 1968), and gained his PhD at Waikato (1978). In 1997 he received an honorary DLitt at Victoria. He was Visiting Professor of New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and taught or held fellowships at six other universities.

1968

King was born in Wellington to Eleanor and Commander Lewis King, one of four children. Educated at Sacred Heart College in Auckland and St. Patrick's College, Silverstream, he went on to study history at Victoria University of Wellington before working as a Journalist at the Waikato Times newspaper in Hamilton in 1968.

1995

Although not Māori himself, King was well known for his knowledge of Māori culture and history. New Zealand Listener, one of New Zealand's most popular weekly magazines, dubbed King "the people's historian" for his efforts to write about and for the local populace. As a biographer, King published works on Te Puea Herangi, Whina Cooper, Frank Sargeson (1995) and Janet Frame (2000). As an Historian, King's works include Being Pākehā (1985), Moriori (1989), and The Penguin History of New Zealand (July 2003), the latter of which was, by February 2004, into its seventh edition. In all, King wrote, co-wrote and edited more than 30 books on a diverse range of New Zealand topics. He contributed to all five volumes of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

2003

King was winner of the 2003 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction. Throughout his career he won the Feltex Television Writers' Award (1980), Winston Churchill Fellowship (1980), Fulbright Visiting Writers' Fellowship (1988), Order of the British Empire (1988), NZ Literary Fund Award (1987 and 1989), Wattie Book of the Year Award (1984 and 1990), NZ Book Award (non-fiction) (1978) and was Burns Fellow at the University of Otago (1998–99). His book The Penguin History of New Zealand was overwhelmingly the Readers' Choice at the 2004 Montana NZ Book Awards. The New Zealand Herald named him New Zealander of the Year for 2003.