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trust: a true story of women and gangs

Best first book of non-fiction, NZ Post Book Awards 2010

Award-winning Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs is the true story of Aroha Trust, a work cooperative for young gang women in Wellington in the late 1970s. The book is based on Pip’s experience as a founding member of the work cooperative and her oral history interviews and ongoing friendship with 11 of the women. Trust tells the story of a unique group of women and the power of collective action during a remarkable period of New Zealand political and social history. The women’s insights and experiences over thirty years give the book enduring relevance and interest. Trust won Best First Book of Non-Fiction at the 2010 NZ Post book awards.

An extraordinary work by someone with unparallelled and probably unrepeatable access to gang women. A potent combination of oral history and memoir that packs a powerful punch.
– Stephen Stratford, NZ Post book awards convenor of judges, 2010

Trust is a courageous and engrossing memoir that gives a voice to a section of society so often unheard and misunderstood.
– Frances Morton, Metro magazine

This book is an amazing story of universal values such as trust and truth…We as readers are also being trusted to make up our own minds, to allow the voices to be heard, to respect the stories.
– Tariana Turia, Maori Party co-leader

E-copies of Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs can be purchased online or you can borrow a hard copy from your local library.