Whaikōrero, kōrero nehe, kōrero Māori

This month there’s a strong theme of reo – self-tuition in grammar and greetings for formal occasions as well as Katerina Mataira’s collection of stories in te reo, for teens. An interesting publication from Huia, showcases Māori scholars writing on the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, there’s Paula Morris’s New Zealand Post fiction award winner, Rangatira and 100 sports heroes.

Syndetics book coverHuia histories of Māori : ngā Tāhuhu Kōrero / edited by Danny Keenan.
“This comprehensive history of Aotearoa New Zealand is written entirely by Māori scholars actively researching and writing in their respective fields. Huia Histories of Māori takes a fresh look at what Māori history is and how it differs markedly from those histories of Māori formerly portrayed, providing both fresh views on events in the past as well as new insights into customary Māori constructions of ‘history'” – (adapted from Back cover summary)

Syndetics book coverTe wahapū : launch yourself into te reo Māori / Ian Cormack.
“Te Whahapū is the second book in this comprehensive, enjoyable and easily understandable self-tuition course for Māori language… The books offer a reference text, workbook and audio resource all in one. They are structured in units, each opening with a dialogue and followed by explanations of words, experessions and language patterns.” – (adapted from Back cover summary)

Syndetics book coverWhaikōrero. Manuhiri 1 : a study of formal speeches of greeting, endorsement (tautoko), replies (poroporoaki) and speeches of thanks to the cooks (ringawera) made by the guest delegation in indigenous oral literature / by Sam Rerekura.
“This resource not only covers formulae for guest speakers but also speeches of endorsement (tautoko). A poroporoaki section has been included to encourage students to revive the dying art form. A comprehensive explanation of the different types of poroporoaki is provided to foster a better understanding of the practice. A section has been dedicated to speeches directed to the all-important ringawera (cooks) who labour tirelessly in the kitchen.” – (adapted from Catalogue notes)

Syndetics book coverNgā waituhi o Rēhua / nā Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira ; [nā Andrew Burdan ngā pikitia].
“Novel for young adults in Māori. Stories originally published for the Ministry of Education as individual titles: Rēhua (2006); Hōkio (2008); Maungaroa (2009); and, Hokingaroa (2010). Accompanied by audio DVD with a recording of the text. Contents: Rēhua — Hōkio — Maungaroa — Hokingaroa. Summary: “Follows four teenagers living on Rēhua, a planet settled after Earth is destroyed by ecological disasters and global war. The four raise hōkio, giant mystical birds, which take them on flights to explore their new world.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

Syndetics book coverRangatira : a novel / by Paula Morris.
“This intriguing and engrossing novel vividly brings to life colonial New Zealand and Victorian England through the eyes of a Ngati Wai rangatira. Paula Morris has done an extraordinary job capturing the life of her tupuna, Paratene Te Manu, and gives him a voice that is at once authentic and insightful.” – (Carol Hirschfeld)

Syndetics book cover100 Māori sports heroes / Joseph Romanos.
“There are 36 sports represented in this book … In selecting my 100 I have been influenced by two factors: how good were the athletes at sport, and how proudly did they represent Māori? … It was no easy feat limiting the list to 100.” – (Introduction)