Kōrero nehe: te Moana nui a Kiwa, ngā mihinare, pakanga

Histories of the Pacific Ocean, missionaries and the fight for land but the taonga amongst this selection is a beautifully illustrated text (Te Reo Māori) by Keri Kaa, pictures by Martin D. Page.

Syndetics book coverKeeping languages alive : documentation, pedagogy and revitalization / edited by Mari C. Jones and Sarah Ogilvie.
“Many of the world’s languages have diminishing numbers of speakers and are in danger of falling silent. Around the globe, a large body of linguists are collaborating with members of indigenous communities to keep these languages alive. Mindful that their work will be used by future speech communities to learn, teach and revitalise their languages, scholars face new challenges in the way they gather materials and in the way they present their findings. This volume discusses current efforts to record, collect and archive endangered languages in traditional and new media that will support future language learners and speakers. ” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverPacific histories : ocean, land, people / edited by David Armitage and Alison Bashford.
“The first comprehensive account to place the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Ocean into the perspective of world history. A distinguished international team of historians provides a multidimensional account of the Pacific, its inhabitants and the lands within and around it over 50,000 years, with special attention to the peoples of Oceania. It providing chronological coverage along with analyses of themes such as the environment, migration and the economy; religion, law and science; race, gender and politics.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverTaka ki rō wai : he kōrero pūrākau mō tētāhi hoiho / ko Keri Kaa, te kaituhi ; ko Martin D. Page, te kaitā pikitia, kaitātai pukapuka.
“A true story about the birth of a foal, set in the small rural community of Rangitukia, on the East Cape of the East Coast, in the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Reflecting rural Māori life, the story is an observation of the cooperation between animals, and contemplates the magical and the miracle in nature.” (Publisher’s information)

Between the kindling and the blaze : reflections on the concept of mana / Ben Brown.
[This] “is a bold exploration of the concept of mana.  In resonant poetry and short prose poetry, the author does not seek to define mana but rather reflect on its myriad nuances.  “The colour of mana is red they say, from warm sunset tones to bold vigorous and bloody shades of power and authority, the kaka feather, the dog-skin cloak,  the ochre of the earth.  But where is the white of  purity, the certainty of black, the humility of grey?  Colour then, will not suffice in the exploration of mana.  How can a humble man be proud?  Why is the mountain more than a mountain?  How does a river flow in my veins and where is the strenght in silence?  This book is not silent.  It cannot be…” (Back cover)

Te paruhi a ngā tākuta / Nigel Beckford and Mike Fitzsimons, interviews, writing, publishing.
“Tells the story of 27 Māori doctors and students. Some just starting their careers, others reflecting on decades of service, sacrifice and experience. Collectively, these stories span the history of Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association (Te ORA) from trailblazing early Māori GPs to the latest generation of Māori health professionals and learners… Many of the people in this book have challenged New Zealand’s health system and influenced the provision of health services to Māori whānau and communities for the better.” (Back cover)

A desperate dawn : the battle for Turuturu Mokai 1868 / Nigel Ogle and Ron Crosby ; illustrations and photography, Nigel Ogle.
“In July 1868 South Taranaki chief Titokowaru indicated his toughening attitude toward European settlement in his territory by attacking the small military redoubt at Turuturu Mokai. That battle led to a campaign where Maori and Pakeha fought some of the most desperate and violent battles of the New Zealand wars. This book puts the battle into a social, political, technological and historical contecxt.” (Back cover)

Taiao, mahi toi, mahi ahuwhenua

My personal highlights this month cover three subjects: environmental history, a story of Te Aro Pā, and art books on weaving, a printmaker, and the wonderful work of Cliff Whiting.

Syndetics book coverNgā hurihanga ako kohungahunga = Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education / edited by Anne Grey and Beverley Clark.
“Ngā Hurihanga Ako Kōhungahunga – Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education introduces current innovations in early childhood education teaching practice in New Zealand and discusses various aspects of pedagogical practice in ways designed to both stimulate and inform the student of early childhood education. Inherently complex and involving many facets shaped by context, pedagogical practice in early childhood education is always evolving and subjective in nature. With this text the editors aim to engage the teacher/learner in recognising and responding to the complexity of good pedagogical practice, informing teacher choices about: philosophical approaches; decision making about curriculum; ethical approaches to relationship building; and interactions with children and their families.” (Back cover)

Mawhitiwhiti patterns and woven bags : a collection of mawhitiwhiti patterns and their use along with instructions for weaving string bags / Robin Hill.
“In NZ Maori weaving mawhitiwhiti is the diversion of the whenu, or warp threads, from the vertical to create different patterns. This booklet is designed to be used by those with a basic knowledge of weaving techniques.” (Abridged from Back cover)

Syndetics book coverMaking a new land : environmental histories of New Zealand / edited by Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking.
“Making a new land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid extensive transformations in human history : that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zealand’s temperate islands” (Back cover)
p. 35. A fragile plenty : pre-European Māori and the New Zealand environment by Atholl Anderson.
p. 52. Contesting resources : Māori, Pākehā and a tenurial revolution by Evelyn Stokes.
p. 293. Ngāi Tahu and the ‘nature’ of Māori modernity by Michael J. Stevens.

Syndetics book coverAhuwhenua : celebrating 80 years of Māori farming / Danny Keenan.
“I am not sure that many recognise what the impact of the systematic appropriation of Māori land had on the self-esteem, morale and natural instincts of Māori to manage and nurture their land. It was Ngata who started the renaissance Māori agriculture which had naturally flourished until the arrival of the first settlers the settlers and the Crown did not just take land from Māori, they took the best land and what was left was usually the least desirable and highly fragmented” (Abridged from foreword)

Hinehauone Coralie Cameron, printmaker / Gail Ross.
“Hinehauone known as Corrie Cameron grew up on a sheep farm in the Wairarapa. She trained as an artist in Wellington, London and Paris, and went on to create images of farmhands, horticultural workers, and landscapes which resonated with spirit of place” (Abridged from back cover)

Syndetics book coverCliff Whiting : he toi nuku, he toi rangi / Ian Christensen.
“This new book provides insights to the thinking, the work and the development of this remarkable artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the tradition of Maori art making and meeting house decoration, forging innovative techniques and practises, exploring new materials and forms, while at the same time maintaining essential elements of tradition, ensuring the relevancy of ‘beliefs, values and mana in today’s and tomorrow’s world.'” (Publisher description)

Twenty New Zealand playwrights / Michelanne Forster and Vivienne Plumb.
p. 34 Hone Kouka
p. 84 Briar Grace-Smith
p. 120 Renee

Playmarket 40 : 40 years of playwriting in New Zealand / edited by Laurie Atkinson with David O’Donnell (consulting editor).
p. 34 Mā te rēhia e kawe by John Huria
p. 88 Ko te kōrero te kai a te rangatira by Hone Kouka

Fabulous Frocks: New Zealand History Recent Picks for January

At first glance the title of this post does not make much sense, as you scroll down through the book titles depicting pig hunting and hunting with helicopters, lost gold and lost heritage in forgotten landmarks. Keep scrolling and you will see the Hawkes Bay Maraekakaho sheep and cattle station and then on to unique motorbike collections, the first New Zealand craft beer, and finally Dolphins of Aotearoa. The last title is a book called Women of Substance, unfortunately we have no cover image but with the tagline “the Otago women who wore fabulous frocks,” it is my pick of the bunch and why it gets the mention in the title. It tells the story of 39 dresses featured in an exhibition at the Otago Settlers museum. Each frock dating from 1859 to the late 1880s is photgraphed and described in detail and with a short biography of its wearer gives an insight into the life and times of these women.

Syndetics book coverThe black singlet brigade : tales of adventure in the NZ bush / Tony Walsh
“Tony Walsh was first introduced to NZ’s bush clad ranges, to pig hunting and some life-defining experiences by Ned Tuite, whose usual attire was a black woollen bush singlet and a pair of khaki shorts suspended from a thin leather belt. Through Ned, Tony met a band of those iconic good keen men of an era now past, and began a journey of experiences he will never forget. There were the likes of ugly Eddie, who ate all the pigs’ ears; Jack, who thought the ghosts were after him after a midnight tumble down the hill; or Charlie, who didn’t know whether to mash his spuds before or after they were cooked. Men whose characters were as colourful and multifaceted as the forests and mountains they came from. The Black Singlet Brigade is a memoir written with eloquence and a dash of humour at every turn. It combines the untamed beauty of the wild with hilarious adventures and unique characters to build a picture of a life long gone, in the bush and back-country of New Zealand.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverInjun Joe : the legend of Smoking Joe Collins / Marion Day.
“This is the life story of Injun Joe, born Wellwyn Harris Collins in 1950. Joe became well known as an elite hunter-helicopter pilot, one of New Zealand’s most dangerous occupations of the time, in what is now known as The Last Great Adventure.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverLost Gold : the 100-year search for the gold reef of Northwest Nelson / Paul Bensemann.
“As a young man in the mid-1970s, Paul Bensemann was told an archetypal ‘lost gold’ story by his neighbour, a tobacco farmer in the Motueka Valley on the edge of what is now Kahurangi National Park. The story concerned an old prospector who had found a huge exposed gold reef, shining in the sun, deep in the mountain wilderness of Northwest Nelson. Just before he died, the prospector drew a map, and to Paul’s amazement his neighbour then produced the old, tatty, hand-drawn map, which had been handed down to him from his father. Lost Gold follows the many twists and turns of this 105-year-old story, and tries to explain why the reef has never been rediscovered. But in the end, whether or not the reef exists is only part of the story, and perhaps the bigger treasure here is the real tale of men in pursuit of their own El Dorado.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand’s lost heritage : the stories behind our forgotten landmarks / Richard Wolfe.
“Features 20 notable structures which, for various reasons, no longer exist. Most of the buildings have been demolished in the name of urban development, creating controversy. Each building is discussed and illustrated including the circumstances of its demise. The selection includes: Ruapekapeka Pa in Northland (burned down deliberately), Admiralty House in Auckland (demolished to make way for new roads) Wellington’s Parliament Buildings (accidental fire) Invercargill’s Seacliff Asylum (fire), TJ Edmonds landmark factory (bulldozed). What emerges is a fascinating social and historical narrative that sheds light on parts of New Zealand’s cultural history and reveals the truth of the old adage that history repeats.” (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverA changing land : Sir Donald McLean’s Maraekakaho, 1857 to today / Alan Scarfe.
“The first two parts tell the story of the development of Hawke’s Bay Maraekakaho, one of the country’s largest and most iconic sheep and cattle stations which was established by Donald McLean and then further developed by his son Douglas McLean. The final part of A Changing Land traces how much of Maraekakaho has evolved into a varied patchwork of stock and cropping farms, vineyards, smallholdings, olive groves, alpaca farms and tree plantations over the last century.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverKiwi bike culture : unique motorbike collections / Steve Holmes.
“Delves into the love affair New Zealanders have with their motorbikes. From Harley-Davidsons to Vespas, and everything in between, this book is about the men and women whose lives revolve, in some way, around two-wheeled machinery.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe McCashin’s story and the Kiwi brewing revolution it sparked / John McCrystal & Simon Farrell-Green.
“The craft beer industry is one of New Zealand’s local business success stories, and it’s thriving. It all began with Terry McCashin establishing Mac’s Ale back in the 1980s. This book tells the story of the entrepreneurial McCashin family and the challenges they’ve faced over the years. They’re now rebuilding their brand with new beers such as Stoke, and a highly successful range of ciders. It also includes general craft beer information such as: What makes a craft beer; how beer gets made; a day in the life of McCashins; how to drink beer; what sort of glass to use; what different styles mean; the difference between an ale and a lager. Plus: Nelson: The craft beer capital. What has made Nelson such an extraordinary place for craft beer? The book includes short profiles on each of the breweries, pubs and cafes on the trail and the remarkable story of New Zealand hops and how they’ve supported Nelson and New Zealand’s craft beer revolution.” (Adapted from publisher information)

Syndetics book coverDolphins of Aotearoa : living with New Zealand dolphins / Raewyn Peart. “Dolphins of Aotearoa explores the ongoing relationship between humans and dolphins in New Zealand. Over this nation’s rich history, numerous people, both Maori and Pakeha, have sought out dolphins and significant numbers of dolphins have sought out people. This book tells the stories of many of these remarkable encounters. Importantly, Dolphins of Aotearoa also summarises the work of the dedicated scientists and researchers who over recent decades have learnt so much about our dolphins. Extensively researched and lavishly illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, and incorporating a guide to all of the dolphins of New Zealand.” (Syndetics summary)

Women of substance : the Otago women who wore “fabulous frocks” / Seán G. Brosnahan.
“Fabulous Frocks was the title of an exhibition held at the Otago Settlers Museum in 2003. The exhibition presented 39 dresses from the Museum’s costume collection worn by nineteenth-century Otago women. A la mode in the mud: The colonial pursuit of fashion. The colonists’ dream: Genteel, respectable and upwardly mobile. In search of the women behind the dresses. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Ara mai he tētēkura: Visioning our futures

Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi

Manu AO Academy
Ara mai he tētēkura : visioning our futures

Mate atu he tētēkura, whakaeke mai he tētēkura

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Yesterday was one of those delightful days : a room full of Māori academics at Te Raukura : Wharewaka, on the waterfront of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, giving voice to their ideas on the āhua of new and emerging Māori academic leadership.

The formation of the Manu AO Academy is yet one more example of Mason Durie’s moemoeā and koha to New Zealand academia and practitioners, in advancing and developing a futuristic collective society and culture for every New Zealander. This is the trendsetting man who in the past had me (an outsider to health or tertiary systems) searching furiously to understand “nga whare tapa wha”, te pae mahutonga, and, more recently, transformational and transactional leadership.

So, I’m at the Wharewaka, my pen on auto scrawl, in a storm of frenzied note-taking, trying to net the whakaaro of first-up speaker, Tā Tipene ORegan, – his main themes being:
o A leader needs followers – if no one follows you, you are not a leader.
o A leader will resonate with and share the individual’s qualities, and aspirations, and will take you with him, on a journey to somewhere

Leaders need followers
Followers need a dream
Managers occupy a space

At the moment we are just imitating the stuff around us, but we need to own our own culture, develop a sustainable maintenance of heritage and intergenerational identity. And as yet there is no Māori business model that will lead us successfully into the future.

iwi need to move from a mindset of distribution of resources
to the creation of dynamic adaptation

[Invest for best rather than distribution]

where thought leaders challenge and innovate for what confronts us

Aha, needless to say, here is a man with serious vision, — a true leader sweeping us quickly along his journey.

Ara mai he tētēkura : visioning our futures edited by Paul Whitinui, Marewa Glover, and Dan Hikuroa. Published by Otago University Press.
In the various chapters of this book, a succession of young Māori academics: Amohia Boulton, Simon Lambert, Paul Whitinui, Megan Hall, Renei Ngawati, Reremoana Theodore, Marewa Glover, Melanie Cheung, speak of their thoughts and experiences for a new and emerging Māori academic leadership.
There was no difficulty in understanding and identifying with fieldworkers, and their themes of conflicting loyalties to iwi and institution, and, partnering with partners who haven’t bought into your vision or felt the need to share a vision, or indeed, the dangers of becoming compromised by others’ thoughts, without developing original ideas.
The speakers brought life to the chapters which they had co-written in Ara mai he tētēkura, and I urge you to seek out this book at your local library – or book shop.
But my attention was seriously derailed by the Megan Hall’s seemingly wild card reference to a blog by Alice Te Punga Somerville and her description of the palimpsest of moko on Rihanna’s hand. But there it was –a compelling example of layer upon layer of stories, of culture and history – and a need for every Māori academic developer to see and understand exactly what has been, and what now lies before their eyes.

A dance down Google land located Alice’s blog.

“… We talk now about places as palimpsests : the impossibility of engaging with any one account of history (either a story about history or its material proof) without noticing – even being distracted by – the many layers of history underneath. Rihanna’s hand is a palimpsest because it’s a surface on which has been layered many stories: a tattoo, another tattoo. However, each of those stories is itself and other story…”

She found culture in a hopeless place.

This is not really about Rihanna’s hand – what power could the small hand of a single Barbadian woman really have over us? – but it is about the many layers of history we cannot help but see when we look at her skin. And, as we ‘read’ each text, more texts become apparent: her African skin bearing the marks of Caribbean diaspora, the tattoo applied in Aotearoa, and finally a design applied in another (American-occupied, Spanish-speaking) part of the Caribbean which is apparently intended to look like the henna design which has its roots in the Indian subcontinent…”

This is a brilliant blog – by a brilliant young Māori academic leader. Please do click the link above and read the whole whakaaro.-

As for the rest of the speakers at the symposium – all so very interesting – you will need to locate the stream of the day’s kōrero –- hopefully on the Massey website.

The day concluded with a launch of a motivational flipchart which was “a compilation of a series of Manu Ao Academy Monday Motivational emails”(from the back page), and the three books on traditional and emerging issues and leadership. Selwyn Katene was a major author of the two books published by Huia Publishers.

Image from Huia Publishers
Image from Huia Publishers

Spirit of Māori Leadership by Selwyn Katene.
“The Spirit of Māori Leadership explores what leadership is, discusses different models and styles of Māori leadership, describes the qualities and approaches of Māori leaders and, using this knowledge, looks at the attributes and styles needed in future leaders. The book provides insights into and analysis of traditional and contemporary models of Māori leadership. From this, it identifies three connected themes: understanding what makes a good leader, the importance of people and relationships, and the need to formulate a strategic plan and examines four leadership models: transactional, charismatic, transformational and organic.” (From publisher)

Image from Huia Publishers
Image from Huia Publishers

He Kōrero Anamata: Future challenges for Māori by Selwyn Katene, and Malcolm Mulholland.
“This collection of essays by leading scholars – including academics and professionals from law, medicine, business and the social sciences – challenges our thinking on many fronts. The contributors draw on their research, knowledge and practical experience to address a variety of contemporary issues of importance to Māori. The topics explore identity and selfdetermination, the environment, te reo Māori, education, social and economic issues, and governance and leadership. Discussions reflect the many contexts within which new ideas arise and are then debated and explored, as well as the many ways in which knowledge can be created and shared. Throughout the book, Māori people, history, strengths, resources and circumstances are at the forefront.” (From publisher)

As the day drew to a close, we mingled for nibbles and drinks, bought our copies of the launched material, caught up with old friends and then departed for home, with more food for thought from an inspirational day.

Ko te kai a te rangatira he korero
The food of chiefs is eloquence

Ko te mahi a te rangatira ka whakatiratira nga iwi
The work of chiefs is uniting everyone

Ko te tohu o te rangatira, he manaaki
The sign of chiefs is respect

Te tiriti, te pakanga, ngā kōrero nehe

This month the story of Bunty Preece gives us insight into the war efforts of D Company, 28 Māori Battalion, and there is a revised edition of Claudia Orange’s excellent introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Syndetics book coverTurning points : events that changed the course of New Zealand history / Paul Moon.
“Historian Paul Moon has chosen 20 events that have shaped the course of New Zealand history over the years. The events are described and illustrated with photographs drawn from the archives, and Moon outlines how New Zealand history has changed as a result”–Publisher’s information.

Syndetics book coverGreater Māori Auckland / David Simmons ; including the Māori place names of Auckland, collected by George Graham.
Here, David Simmons extends his earlier account of the many traditions and legends of the Auckland isthmus to its wider context, the countryside beyond.”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverKawea te wairua o te kupu / Agnes McFarland (ētita).
“Ko te tuhituhi o te whakaritenga o te whakaaro o tēnei pukapuka he whakatakoto huarahi ki ngā kāinga kōrero i tipu i roto i ngā tau kia kaua e wareware kia kitea ō mātau, ō tātau kanohi ngā kaituhi, ēnei kaituhi ki ngā hapori reo o tōu whānau, hapū, iwi. Kai kona te tika, kai kona te ora, kai kona e hora ai te kupu kia kaua e noho noa ki runga i te whārangi kohokoho, maremare ai. Koia te kaupapa o tēnei tuhituhi kia tipu ngā momo whakataurite, te anga whakaputanga o ngā whakahoutanga o te whakaaro mā tātau katoa ngā kaituhi me te hunga kai te piki ake”–Publisher’s website.

Syndetics book coverKia puāwaitia ngā tumanako : critical issues for whānau in Māori education / Jessica Hutchings … [et al.].
“The kaupapa Māori-driven methodology of whanaungatanga, the process of wānanga, and methods of gathering kōrero ā-whānau have enabled us to identify critical issues for whānau in te kōhanga reo, wharekura, early childhood educaton and Pākehā schools”–p. vi-vii.

Syndetics book coverBunty Preece : soldier of the 28 (Māori) Battalion / Tom O’Connor.
The story of Alfred (Bunty) Preece of the Chatham Islands (Moriori, Kāi Tahu), soldier, farmer, local body politician, kaumatua and advocate for his people. Includes his recollections of the Italian Campaign of World War Two while serving with the D Company 28 (Māori) Battalion. Includes a full nominal roll of members of D Company.

Syndetics book coverThe story of a treaty / Claudia Orange.
“The Treaty of Waitangi is a central document in New Zealand history. This lively account tells the story of the Treaty from its signing in 1840 through the debates and struggles of the nineteenth century to the gathering political momentum of recent decades. The second edition of this popular book brings the story up to the present”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverMaori designs / Penny Brown.This book is published by Search Press, UK and is no. 7 in a series titled “The design library” – Penny Brown has contributed two other books in the series – Art nouveau designs, and Celtic designs. There is no explanation as to what the designs represent, or whence they were derived.

AlterNative : an international journal of indigenous peoples ; vol. 9, issue 1 (2013)
p. 3. Mana whenua and the settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims in the Central North Island of New Zealand by Rāpata Wiri.
“This paper discusses the application of mana whenua or Māori custom law in a controversial Treaty of Waitangi settlement known as the “Treelords Deal”. “–Abstract.

MAI Journal: A New Zealand journal of indigenous scholarship ;volume 2, no. 1
The newest issue of MAI Journal is now available (online).
http://www.journal.mai.ac.nz/
Anne-Marie Jackson provides a discursive analysis of rangatiratanga in the context of Māori fisheries. Jackson explores the restrictions that the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi give to the term rangatiratanga and its authority.
The article entitled “Whānau-centred health and social service delivery in New Zealand” by Amohia Boulton, Jennifer Tamehana and Tula Brannelly explores the “whānau ora philosophy that became the cornerstone of Māori health policy” and offer their observations on how important this new policy approach has been, and will be in the coming years.
Spencer Lilley proposes to fill the gap in literature in her paper “Māori Career Information Seeking.” She finds that it is the interpersonal relationships of the individuals to be the main informer for rangatahi.
A descriptive study in maintaining relationships and accessing information is presented by Acushla O’Carroll in the article entitled “An Analysis of How Rangatahi Māori Use Social Networking Sites”

Whenua : stories of the land

Three books this month give us snippets and stories of the land.  There is the walking tour of 200 sites throughout New Zealand, a story of the gifting of Lake Wairarapa, along with the background environmental, archaeological “moulding of its landscape”, and then the account of the settlement and development of Hokowhitu in Palmerston North.  A fascinating special issue of NZJES discusses Kaupapa Māori.

Syndetics book coverExploring Aotearoa : short walks to reveal the Māori landscape / Peter Janssen.
“A walking guide containing around 200 short walks that explore Māori features of the landscape”–Publisher information.
“Author Peter Janssen has researched the fascinating background to each site, drawing on Māori oral and written history to relate the creation myths, battle scenes, momentous events and cultural detail underlying these sites”–Back cover

Syndetics book coverWairarapa Moana : the lake and its people / general editor: Ian F. Grant.
“Wairarapa Moana tells the story of the North Island’s largest lake complex from the mists of Māori myths to the realities of today’s environmental problems. Thirteen contributors … have written about Māori and Pākehā history, the area’s archaeology and the moulding of its landscape , the control of water in Wairarapa Moana’s complex of lakes, rivers and wetlands, about the diverse and sometimes rare fauna and flora, and about the clashes between European farming and Māori cultural values. Most significantly, there is also the little known saga of the Māori gifting of Lake Wairarapa to the Crown in 1896, the subsequent trail of broken promises and deceit until, finally, the people of Wairarapa Moana triumphed with their successful development of the Pouākani lands in the Waikato”–back cover

Hokowhitu : the story of settlement and development / Garry O’Neill.“Hokowhitu tells the story of settlement in pre-European times, and the reserve land retained by the Rangitāne when the Government purchased Te Ahu-a-Turanga block of land in 1864. As the township of Palmerston North developed the Māori Reserve was subdivided ito seven blocks and allocated to the principal families of the Rangitāne. Each family negotiated the rights to mill the trees”–Preface, p. 4.

Syndetics book coverMatiatia : gateway to Waiheke / Paul Monin.“Understanding the past is crucial to the decisions being made today. Waiheke historian Paul Monin tells the story of Matiatia from occupation at the time of the first Maori settlement of Aotearoa to the present day.”–back cover.

Archaeology in New Zealand ; vol. 55, no. 4 (December 2012)
p. 243. Whenua tuku iho : managing an ancestral archaeological landscape ; Ōtakanini Tōpū, South Kaipara Peninsula by Vanessa Tanner, Leah McCurdy and Malcolm Paterson.
p. 258. Investigation of Māori ovens on the old Lyttelton waterfront by (M36/229) by Andy Dodd.

New Zealand journal of educational studies ; vol . 47, no. 2 (2012)
Special issue: He aha te kaupapa? Critical conversations in kaupapa Māori ; edited by Te Kawehau Hoskins and Alison Jones.
p. 10. Interview : Kaupapa Māori : the dangers of domestication by Graham Smith.
p. 21. Interview : Kaupapa Māori : shifting the social by Mason Durie.
p. 30. Politics and knowledge : kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal.
p. 38. Pretty difficult : implementing kaupapa Māori theory in English-medium secondary schools by Russell Bishop.
p. 51. Achievements, orthodoxies and science in kaupapa Māori schooling by Georgina M. Stewart.
p. 64. Kaupapa Māori research : epistemic wilderness as freedom? by Garrick Cooper.
p. 74. Making sense of kaupapa Māori : a linguistic point of view by Peter J. Keegan.
p.85. A fine risk : ethics in kaupapa Māori politics by Te Kawehau Hoskins.
p. 100. Dangerous liaisons : Pākehā, kaupapa Māori, and educational research by Alison Jones.

Otaki historical journal ; vol. 34 (2012)
p. 10. James Cootes : whaler by Sonia Kellett. (James was the husband of Waitaoro Te Kanawa, Ngāti Toa)
p. 32. Hira Royal : mother, and leader of her people by Rose Monk.
p. 59. Old Maori college photographs.
p. 63. Music and gardening a way of life for Paddy Rikihana by Queenie Rikihana-Hyland.

Tāngata rongonui.

This month, three of the books delve into stories of peoples’ lives – there are ten Māori role models, and life stories of Pineaha Murray of Ngāti Apa in the far north, and Tama Poata renowned activist, pursuer of intellectual property, and filmmaker, actor, and director of indigenous films. There is an attractively illustrated history of Plimmerton, and a very special book by Pā Henare Tate.

Syndetics book coverMaori role models II : inspirational kōrero from inspirational Māori / [author/researcher: Te Aorangi Harrington ; translator/editor: Paora Tibble].This book in both English and Te Reo Māori, records conversations with another 10 inspirational Māori role models – Kaa Williams, Temepara o Ngā Ratana Ngārangioue Isaacs, Lisa Tāmati, Ruben Wiki,, Theresa Reihana, Todd Couper, Shelley Kitchen, Te Hāmua Nikora, Hana O’Regan, Dr Tony Ruakere. This booklet is published by Te Kiko Charitable Trust. “[The role models] responses to the questions provide an insight into their thoughts on topics such as success, motivation, education and the future”–preface.

Syndetics book coverOnSong : stories behind New Zealand’s pop classics / Simon Sweetman.
“On Song is a lively journey through New Zealand’s diverse pop landscape. Prolific music journalist Simon Sweetman has interviewed the writers and performers of beloved Kiwi classics, presenting ‘in conversation’ text that illuminates the fascinating stories behind the pop songs we all know and love”–Publisher information. Contents include: E ipo / Prince Tui Teka ; Drive / Bic runga ; In the morning / Anika Moa ; System virtue / Emma Paki ; Chains – DLT feat / Che Fu ; French letter / Herbs.

Syndetics book coverA seat at the table of my elders / Pineaha Murray.
“Pineaha Murray is an elder of Ngāti Kurī of the Far North and in this personal account he tells of his ancient forebears’ place in the northern tip of NZ – the Three Kings, Tom Bowling Bay and Parengarenga Harbour. Memories, history, myths and legends unfold and provide a rich personal story and a social history of northern communities”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverPoata : seeing beyond the horizon : a memoir / Tama Te Kapua Poata : edited by Prue Poata.“[Tom] Poata founded the Māori Organisation on Human Rights … his activities fused with Ngā Tamatoa and Te Roopu o te Matakite and culminated in the Māori land march in 1975. Later Tama was a pioneer in the pursuit of Māori intellectual property, as an initiator of the Wai 262 claim. Tama had a high profile in HART .. As a filmmaker [he] will always be remembered for his 1987 screenplay Ngati, … He acted in, directed and was involved in many other films, and promoted indigenous filmmaking in Aotearoa and overseas”–back cover.

Tamil imprints in New Zealand / A.T. Arumugam.“His coming to know of the [Tamil bell] in the Wellington Museum with Tamil lettering prompted him to do further research as to the migration of Tamils to New Zealand centuries ago… [he] has suggestd three options in an intelligent and easy going manner which opens new initiatives for historians and researchers to delve into the matter deeper”–foreword.
Includes chapters on the Weka Pass drawings and Rock inscriptions of Manu Bay, near Raglan.

Syndetics book coverTreaty of Waitangi settlements / edited by Nicola R. Wheen & Janine Hayward. “As the settlement of historical claims draws toward a close … this timely book considers the achievements and controversies of Treaty settlements over the years. How successful has the process been in redressing historic grievances? Are Treaty settlements truly ‘full and final’? Are major issues left unresolved? And how does New Zealan’s attempt to build a new relationship between indigenous people and the state rate internationally? Contributors: Maria Bargh, Michael Belgrave, Mai Chen, Dean Cowie, Maureen Hickey, Robert Joseph, Margaret Mutu, Michael Stevens, Damian Stone, Linda Te Aho, Baden Vertongen, Paerau Warbrick.”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverBorn to a changing world : childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand / Alison Clarke.
“Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this remarkable book tell a new story of life arriving amidst a turbulent world. Before the Plunket Society, before antibiotics, before ‘safe’ Caesarean sections and registered midwives, nineteenth century birthing practice in New Zealand was typically determined by culture, not nature or the state. Alison Clarke works from the heart of this practice, presenting a history balanced in its coverage of social and medical contexts. Connecting these contexts provides new insights into the same debates on childhood – from infant feeding to maternity care – that persist today. Tracing the experiences of Māori and Pākehā birth ways, this richly illustrated story remains centered throughout on birthing women, their babies and families”–Publisher information.

Plimmerton : a colourful history / Bob Maysmor.
The first 29 pages of this beautifully illustrated book outline the Māori history of the area, mentioning Kupe, Ngāi Tara, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Toa, Taupo (Te Rauparaha’s kainga), Turi Karewa (pā of Te Rangihaeata), Hongoeka Pā, and Motuhara Pā. There are sketches and paintings by John Williams, George Angas, Isaac Coates, Charles Emilius Gold, Charles Heaphy.

He puna iti i te ao mārama = A little spring in the world of light / Pā Henare Tate. “The writer [then] seeks to create some systematic foundations based on a series of concepts deeply roted in Maori culture and history, namely: tapu, mana, pono, tika, aroha, tūranga, kaiwhakakapi tūranga, whakanoa, hohou rongo, and te wā”.. preface, p. 11.
“Pā Henare Tate (Ngāti Manawa, Te Rarawa) is a Māori priest, and whānau and community leader, who is versed in Māori spirituality… He earned a doctorate from the Melbourne College of Divinity with the thesis on which this book is based”–back cover.

Tā moko

Tattooing seems to be a flavour of the month. There is a beautifully illustrated book of over 20 tattooists – including artists of tā moko, and tatau. As well, there are theses by Rawinia Higgins and Ridgely Dunn.

Syndetics book coverMai i te kākano / nā Hēni Jacob.
“Mai i te Kākano aims to help Māori language speakers and learners sustain more animated, in-depth conversations in Māori. It gives examples of alternative and fun ways to say things in everyday situations. Included are sections on Māori idiom and metaphor, common errors, useful phrases, and examples of language in use in a vaiety of settings, including in the home, at the supermarket, at the beach, and on the sports field”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverTū / nā Patricia Grace ; nā Wiremu rāua ko Te Ohorere Kaa i whakamāori.
“The only survivor of three young men who went to war from his family, Tū faces the past and tells his niece and nephew, through the pages of his war journal, what really happened to the brothers as the Māori Battalion fought the war in Italy”–Publisher information. This is the Te Reo version of Patricia Graces’ narrative of the story of Tu.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand tattoo : in the home of the tattooist’s art / Chris Hoult ; text by Steve Forbes” [This book] presents the view from a cross-section of tattoo studios in 2012. Featuring photography of the tattooists and the tattooed, it profiles over 20 leading artists and gives insights into both the history and the renaissance of all three traditions: tā moko (Māori tattoo), tatau (Pacific Islands tattoo) and tattoo (European and Asian forms)”.–back cover.

Syndetics book coverIf I only had time / John Rowles with Angus Gillies.
“Here [John Rowles] speaks candidly with Angus Gillies, noting the tremendous achievements as well as the pressures and mishaps along the way. An irrepressible optimist, John tells a story that’s full of humour and is hard to put down.”–inside jacket. An easy read, but fascinating tale of the boy from Kawerau who made it to London, Las Vegas, Hawai’i and everywhere in between.

Syndetics book coverArt New Zealand ; no. 144 (Summer 2012-13)
p. 52. Waharua kopito : Māori cloaks at Te Papa by Peter Ireland.

(Kahu ora = living cloaks)-
“Fautlessly crafted by curator Awhina Tamarapa, Kahu ora manifests what was made plain by her scholarly accessible, beautifully designed and produced book, Whatu kakahu / Maori cloaks published last year – where eight specialist pooled their knowledge to give the most comprehensive account to date of this key strand of Maori culture”–p. 52-3.(Te Papa )

Historical review (Bay of Plenty journal of history) ; vol. 60, no. 2 ; (November 2012)
p. 49. Saving Te Urewera heritage by Dean Flavell
p. 52. Mataatua wharenui : the long journey home by Dr Ian Shearer
p. 55. Te Koputu a Te Whanga a Toi, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre

Five Theses:
Village of peace, village of war : Parihaka stories 1881-2004 / Rachel Anne Buchanan.

Conceptualising wairuatanga : rituals, relevance and realities for teachers : a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Teaching and Learning in the University of Canterbury / by Gipsy Foster.

Poia mai taku poi : unearthing the knowledge of the past : a critical review of written literature on the poi in New Zealand and the Pacific : a thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand / Karyn Ailsa Paringatai.
The primary objective of this thesis is to review literature written about poi in order to construct an historical overview of poi from pre-contact Māori society until the 1920s. The mythological and Polynesian origins of poi, traditional and contemporary materials and methods used to make poi, early travellers, explorers, and settlers accounts of poi and two case studies on the use of poi in the Taranaki and Te Arawa areas will be included in this thesis. The information will be used to show the changes in poi that have occured since Māori and European arrival to New Zealand until the 1920s.

He tānga ngutu, he Tūhoetanga te Mana Motuhake o te tā moko wāhine: the identity politics of moko kauae : a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand / by Rawinia R. Higgins.
Tā moko (Māori tattooing), especially facial moko (tattoo), has become a popular mechanism for the expression of self determination. Many Māori people are adopting this art form as part of a renaissance of Māori culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This declaration of Māori self-determination is also an assertion of the pride felt by the tangata whenua (people of the land) for their culture, their language and more, importantly, their identity. This thesis will illustrate how moko kauae (female chin tattooing) is a means of expressing Māori identity with specific reference to Tūhoe identity. Using an Indigenous theoretical framework this Māori Studies thesis examines the historical and contemporary political dimensions of moko kauae, the interface with the Māori worldview (inclusive of its cultural concepts), and its relationship to identity politics. This will be complimented by the personal stories of Tūhoe women who have undertaken moko kauae as well as commentaries from other Tūhoe people who express what their Tūhoetanga means to them and their lives.

Challenging appropriation : modern moko and western subculture / by Ridgely Dunn.

Re-colonisation and indigenous resistance : neoliberalism in the Pacific / Ema Maria Bargh.

New Māori and Pacific Fiction

Take a look at the latest offerings from some of our greatest Māori and Pacific fiction writers!

Syndetics book coverAncestry / Albert Wendt.
“Albert Wendt has created a fabulous and unique fictional world that has changed how we perceive Samoa, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and ourselves.” –Back cover.

Syndetics book coverThe Parihaka woman / Witi Ihimaera.
“Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s. Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation. As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves. And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana”–Supplied by publisher.

Syndetics book coverHuia short stories. 9, Contemporary Māori fiction.
Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2011, as judged by Keri Hulme, Katie Wolfe, Erima Henare and Reina Whaitiri.
The book contains stories from the 18 finalists for Best Short Story written in English, the five finalists for the Best Short Story in Māori and the six finalists for the Best Novel Extract.
For over ten years, the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have been responsible for this unique and increasingly popular biennial writing competition. The awards and their subsequent publications have become much anticipated as they bring more undiscovered gems to the attention of the New Zealand reading public. Past winners and finalists include James George, Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Ana Morey and Paula Morris. – Adapted from Huia Publishers.

Syndetics book coverOnce upon a time in Aotearoa / Tina Makereti.
Vulnerable gods and goddesses. Children born with unusual gifts. The protection offered by Mountains. Birds with bad timing. Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa explores a world where mythological characters and stories become part of everyday life. Old and new worlds co-exist, cultures mingle and magic happens. Familiar characters appear, but in these versions the gods live in a contemporary world and are motivated by human concerns. In this perplexing world, characters connect with each other and find ancient wisdom that carries them through. ‘Bold and sexy, this collection is a crafty combo of mystery and history that makes the old new.’ Acclaimed playwright, author and literary judge David Geary. – Adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverTu / Patricia Grace.
This is the te reo Maori translation of the award-winning novel Tu. The only survivor of three young men who went to war from his family, Tu faces the past and tells his niece and nephew, through the pages of his war journal, about his brothers and their lives after moving to the city, the impact of war on their family and what really happened to the brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in Italy during World War Two. – Adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverThe thrill of falling / Witi Ihimaera.
“All my life I think I’ve been trying to find it again, that clarity, as if all the world’s air were rushing into me and filling my lungs to the brim. And that sense of defying gravity before the thrill of falling.” In this richly imaginative and compelling collection of longer stories, Witi Ihimaera ranges across an intriguing and surprising range of styles, subject matter and settings. A young Maori girl fights for a future in the grim reality of urban New Zealand; a fond nephew pays affectionate, humorous tribute to his glamorous aunt; a Kiwi rock diva faces her past in faraway London; Moby Dick is fabulously reincarnated in post-climate change Antarctica; a dying woman recalls the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands; a shy boy from the East Coast makes an extraordinary journey with his famous ancestor, Tupaea. In these profound, often funny, always memorable stories Ihimaera again defies the expected to reaffirm his place as one of this country’s finest technicians and storytellers. – Adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverFrom Mānoa to a Ponsonby garden / Albert Wendt.
“In Hawaiʻi Wendt watches the changing shadows of the Koʻolau mountains from his verandah; considers the nature of mauli, the seat of life; walks protected in his partner’s perfumed slipstream to work; and writes to fellow poet Hone Tuwhare from the excesses of Las Vegas. In the second half of the book we move to the garden in Ponsonby in 40 ‘garden’ poems. Includes some of Wendt’s inky, drawn poems about the Sāmoan tsunami or galu afi. A book about ageing and the consideration of death”–Publisher information.

Pākoko, papakupu, pounamu

There’s lots of variety in this month’s new books – have a browse!

Syndetics book coverHe whakamārama : a full self-help course in Māori / John Foster ; foreword by Sir Peter Tapsell.
He whakamārama is a full course in everyday Māori language aimed at students of all ages and backgrounds. It contains straightforward explanations, a logical sequence to allow rapid progress, and revision exercises to reinforce understanding.
A new edition of an old favourite self-help course.

Syndetics book coverThe Raupō concise Māori dictionary / A.W. Reed ; revised by Tīmoti Kāretu & Ross Calman.
“First published in 1948, the dictionary has been revised and updated numerous times since, giving testimony to its ongoing reliability as a reference guide to everyday Māori words. It also includes a guide to the pronunciation of Māori and lists of useful vocabulary”.–back cover.

Syndetics book coverPlaylunch : five short New Zealand plays / edited by Christine Prentice and Lisa Warrington.
“The plays in this collection were written for lunchtime theatre. They require little equipment or props. The writers are John Broughton, Michelanne Forster, Simon O’Connor, Renee and Fiona Farrell. The plays were all originally commissioned for the Allen Hall Lunchtime series at Otago University, a series which allows experimentation with short plays.” (Syndetics summary)

The gift of children : Māori and infertility / edited by Paul Reynolds and Cherryl Smith.
Explores fertility and infertility from a Maori perspective and it confirms the importance of whakapapa in an era of assisted reproductive technologies.

Maumahara : the memories of Te Onehou Phillis.
“Maumahara: the memories of Te Onehou Phillis is a step back to an earlier time in the vibrant Māori town of Te Teko. Central to this warm commjnity are the marae – places of celebration, debate, laughter and mourning – where reward comes through hard work and shared endeavour”– back cover.

Syndetics book coverE. Mervyn Taylor : artist ; craftsman / Bryan James.
“Mervyn Taylor (1906-64) is the greatest exponent of the art of wood engraving New Zealand has known. His images have enduring power and a beauty which has been matched by no other artist. This is the story of his life and work”–back cover. “Taylor was of a generation that understood the need to cast off colonialsim and discover from within New Zealand a way to see the world and interpret its character from a South Pacific perspective”–p. 10.

Syndetics book coverPounamu treasures = Ngā taonga pounamu / Russell Beck with Maika Mason ; photography by Andris Apse.
“A collection of object photographs that honours the stone in its many forms. Detailed descriptions of both historical and contemporary objects, including information on varieties and source, Māori names, size and age, usage and history”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverSelling the dream : the art of early New Zealand tourism / Peter Alsop, Gary Stewart and Dave Bamford ; foreword by Fran Walsh.
Celebrates the remarkable range of tourism posters and other publicity that helped promote New Zealand – both locally and to the world – until the 1960s, before television and colour photography changed the publicity landscape forever. This imagery is some of the finest graphic art ever produced in New Zealand, and as arresting and impressive today as when it was first created.
Includes: p. 202. Unique Maoriland.