Whakapapa, whakahawea-a-iwi, whaikorero, taonga, tiriti, tuhinga

This month there is a fascinating book on early New Zealand photography which shows not only well-known portraits and scenes, but gives insightful stories into their backgrounds.

Syndetics book coverMatatoa : fathers & sons / produced and edited by Marina Sciascia, Hilary Pedersen, Brian Morris.
“Porangahau is a significant coastal district, long settled by Ngati Kere iwi and later by high profile early colonisers. Like its highly successful predecessors ‘Hakui Mothers Of Porangahau’ and ‘Tuahine Sisters Of Porangahau,’ the book is a compilation of family- written stories initiated by local women Marina Sciascia and Hilary Pedersen of Te Hanganui Partnership (The Work Of Two). ‘Matatoa Fathers And Sons’ is packed with information. Whakapapa, genealogy, early history and personal recollections sit side by side contained within 450 pages and 300 photographs.” – (excerpts from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverWhaikōrero. Tangata whenua 1 : a study of formal speeches of welcome made by the host delegation in indigenous oral literature / by Sam Rerekura.
“I am privileged to share with you the notion that the tikanga rituals of welcoming visitors and feeding them on the marae, originate from the heavens…. This is the second of a set of four resources created to instruct stage one students in whaikōrero. It focuses on speeches made by the tangata whenua or host people when welcoming visitors.” – (Introduction)

Syndetics book coverAlways speaking : the Treaty of Waitangi and public policy / edited by Veronica M.H. Tawhai and Katarina Gray-Sharp.
“The place of the Treaty of Waitangi in public policy has undergone radical changes over the past few decades in response to debates on the role of the Treaty in New Zealand’s development. In this publication, the foremost Māori thinkers provide insights on the current place of the Treaty, the challenges faced and possibilities for further development” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverEarly New Zealand photography : images and essays / edited by Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf.
Includes: Persistant images ; Maori photographs in English museum collections by Jocelyne Dudding ; Foy Brothers’ portrait of Ana Rupene Whetuki and child by Ken Hall ; Text and image in Alfred Burton’s photograph of the scene of the ‘Hursthouse outrage’ at Te Kumi (1885 by Christine Whybrew ; Photography and the ethnological macabre by Roger Blackley.

Syndetics book coverMana tangata : politics of empowerment / edited by Huia Tomlins-Jahnke and Malcolm Mulholland.
“This collection of essays by Māori experts examines issues involving the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori culture, Māori health and the environment. It analyses particular disciplines through the Māori concept of Mana Tangata – Empowering People, and offers insights and solutions for issues that have long confronted Māori.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverMāori and social issues / edited by Tracey McIntosh and Malcolm Mulholland.
“This volume canvases a range of social issues that are significant for a better understanding of the experiences and social environment of Māori and highlight the need to ensure research-based solutions to the challenges presently faced– a collection of chapters by specialists in their disciplinary areas from various social and health sciences.” – (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverTe hao nui = The great catch / edited by Fiona McKergow and Kerry Taylor ; photography by Michael Hall.
“Provides … insights into the history, people and places of Manawatū and beyond. Based on the collections of Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, it reveals the stories of 40 treasured objects, from taonga Māori to domestic craft, children’s toys to early industrial design. Te Hao Nui: The Great Catch also casts light on how museums build their collections, and the legacy these offer future generations” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Along a fault-line : New Zealand’s changing local government landscape / edited by Jean Drage, Jeff McNeill and Christine Cheyne.
Includes: Part II, no. 4. Māori representation, local government and the Auckland Council by Ann Sullivan ; Part III, no. 9. Te ao Māori in local government by Karen Webster.

Words between us : first Māori-Pākehā conversations on paper = He Kōrero / Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins.
“This book traces Māori engagement with handwriting from 1769 to 1826. Through beautifully reproduced written documents, it describes the first encounters Māori had with paper and writing and the first relationships between Māori and Europeans in the earliest school. The book tells an image-led story about the earliest relationships between Māori and Pākehā based around the written word and sheds light on a larger story of the first attempts of Māori and Europeans to live together in the early 1800s and the negotiation of the relationship through writing.”

Rongoa Maori : a practical guide to traditional Maori medicine / Rob McGowan. “This book is made up of two sections: The first deals with the foundation of rongoa Maori, traditional Maori medicine. It talks about the fundamental understandings that are the basis of rongoa. The second section focuses on the practical aspects of learning about rongoa Maori and how to use it. It deals with identifying the plants you might want to use, their harvesting and preparation, etc.” – (Introduction)