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.

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)

E rua ngā kaupapa o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

Two links to te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, this month : Alice Te Punga-Somerville’s Once were Pacific, with a lovely front cover by Michel Tuffery, and a very attractive Huia Publishers’ graphic novel of Ngarimu, the VC hero of WWII, with pictures by Andrew Burdan.

Syndetics book coverThe view from up there / Gerry Te Kapa Coates.
The View from up there is Gerry Coates’ first collection of writing. These poems and stories span 50 years, from the excitement of a boy taking a flight in a Tiger Moth above the Waitaki Valley, to a brush with fame, and even the celebration of a first kiss” – (adapted from Back cover summary)

Syndetics book coverShaken down 6.3 : poems from the second Christchurch earthquake, 22 February 2011/ Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.
“Jeffrey was recently 2011 Writer in residence at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. He lives in Christchrch and is a senior adjunct fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Canterbury. Here is his collection of thoughts and pictures following the 6.3 earthquake.” – (adapted from Back cover summary)

Syndetics book coverTe ara : Māori pathways of leadership = Der Weg der Māori / Krzysztof Pfeiffer and Paul Tapsell ; [editor, Peter Dowling ; German translation, Katya Sharpe, Lena Fraser-Landmann ; Māori translation, Hone Sadler].
“Te Ara is a Maori story of tribal leadership from the time our ancestors first ventured into the Pacific over 3000 years ago up to today’s global challenges.” – (adapted from Back cover summary)

Once were Pacific : Māori connections to Oceania / Alice Te Punga Somerville.
“Explores the relationship between indigeneity and migration among Māori and Pacific peoples. Once Were Pacific considers how Māori and other Pacific peoples frame their connection to the ocean, to New Zealand, and to each other through various creative works. In this sustained treatment of the Māori diaspora, Māori scholar Alice Te Punga Somerville provides the first critical analysis of relationships between Indigenous and migrant communities in New Zealand.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverNgārimu : te Tohu Toa / nā Andrew Burdan ngā pikitia.
“Tells the story of Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu, the first Māori soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross, describing the battle on the 26 & 27th of March 1943 in which he fought heroically, but was killed. Suggested level: secondary.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The shared meeting place 1642-1840

A book by Vincent O’Malley describes the culturally neutral meeting grounds of Māori and Pākehā, from 1642 onwards, which began to erode after 1840 as the new settlers gained ascendancy of power in New Zealand.

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has a special issue telling of the Transit of Venus in early times and its impact on Māori and Pākehā New Zealanders.

Syndetics book coverPorowhita = Circle songs : two new karakia and twelve new round songs in Māori and English for classrooms, choirs and communities / Sean O’Connor.
“These fourteen new compositions offer classrooms, choirs and communities a chance to rediscover ’round’ singing and its unique musical and social dynamic. Round singing invites equal participation, a balance of following and leading, and a development of heightened musical and social awareness through interwoven melody and rhythm, creating harmony. Weaving together Te reo and English with voices and movement, standing in the circle, singing of the circle of the year, and of proverbs, awakenings and karakia that carry simple but beautiful wisdom.” – (Book cover description) 

Syndetics book coverThe meeting place : Māori and Pākehā encounters, 1642-1840 / Vincent O’Malley.
“Vincent O’Malley suggests a solution emerged {to enable the two peoples to live together} at a cultural meeting place in which neither party was able to dictate the rules of engagement…That shared meeting place eroded after 1840 as Pākehā became powerful enough to dictate terms.” – (Back cover description) 

Syndetics book coverTiki and temple : the Mormon mission in New Zealand, 1854-1958 / Marjorie Newton.
Details many events that happened from the very beginning of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand in the 1850s. Behind each is a story of faith, devotion, and many hardships.
“The New Zealand Mission of the Mormon Church was virtually two missions – one to the English-speaking immigrants and their descendants, and on to the tangata whenua –people of the land” – (Back cover description)

Brookers Māori legislation handbook, 2012 / with an introduction by Jacinta Ruru.
“Includes two new acts: Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and Māori Land Court Rules, 2011, and incorporates sections of general legislation concerning resource management, coastal resources, forestry and climate change legislation… Much of the legislation collected in this volume has, at its core, a common thread: the recognition and promotion of rangatiratanga.” – (Foreword)

Early Waikanae and surrounding areas = Ko Waikanae me ngā whenua tata i ngā rā o mua / George Searle ; transcribed and edited by Tony Millett.
“It seems that the big changes in direction in the history of Waikanae in the early days were firstly the coming of Christianity to the Kapiti region and secondly the departure of many of the Ati Awa people back to their ancestral lands in Taranaki.” – (Foreward, p. 11.)

AlterNative : an international journal of indigenous peoples ; vol. 8, no. 2 (2012).
Includes: The key actors of Waikato river co-governance : situational analysis at work by Marama Muru-Lanning ; Māori and pain : a literature review by Joanna Kidman ; Identifying commonalities between indigenous values and current sustainable design concepts in Aotearoa New Zealand by Emily Voyde and Te Kipa Kepa Brian Morgan.

Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand ; vol. 42, no. 2 (June 2012)
Includes: Back to the future : first encounters in Te Tai Rawhiti by A Salmond ; Dual heritage, shared future : James Cook, Tupaea and the transit of Venus at Tolaga BAy by S. L. Donald ; Navigating oceans and cultures : Polynesian and European navigation systems in the late eighteenth century by M Walker ; Long-distance prehistoric two-way voyaging : the case for Aotearoa and Hawaiki by P Adds ; Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and the transit of Venus by V Walker ; (and other topics).

Archifacts (October 2011-April 2012)
p. 25. Ka puta, ka ora : digital archiving and the revitalisation of Taranaki reo by Honiana Love and Claire Hall.

Recent New Zealand collection picks

This month’s recent picks showcases the variety of people who call New Zealand home, from Tāngata Whēnua to Irish immigrants to those of Jewish descent.

Syndetics book coverStones bones steam / Philip Andrews.
“Looks at Māori myths and landforms; power of ignimbrite eruptions; early geological exploration; past discoveries of moa, mosasaur and other fossils; the man who made artificial geysers; Rotorua’s great bores versus geysers controversy; and geology in verse” – (adapted from Back cover)

Syndetics book coverBog Irish Micks : the O’Brien family from Scariff : a family history / by Kath Woodley.
“Chronicles the families started by the five children of John O’Brien and Margaret Malone, all of whom left Scariff, Ireland for New Zealand between 1874 and 1883.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJewish lives in New Zealand : a history / Leonard Bell and Diana Morrow, editors.
“The census tells us that 8000 New Zealanders actively identify as Jewish and it is estimated that the broader population is probably around 25,000. There has never been an authoritative history of this country’s Jewish population and yet people of Jewish descent (both secular and religious) have played vital roles in all aspects of our society throughout its history. Auckland alone has had five Jewish mayors. Jews have been prominent in New Zealand’s business, cultural, intellectual, political, medical, intellectual life and more since the 1840s, and successive waves of immigration have added to the tapestry of New Zealand Jewry. This significant book covers key sectors of activity with specialist writers assigned to each. Richly illustrated, it slots another important piece into the jigsaw of our history.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFor gallant service rendered : the life & times of Samuel Austin, NZ Cross, 1831-1903 / Barbara Mabbett.
“Samuel Austins military career began with the British army and ended with the Wanganui Native Contingent in their campaign to capture Te Kooti in 1870. Drawn extensively from Austins own diary, this is the story of his adventurous life as a soldier, settler, and family man. From his childhood in Ireland and service with the 65th Regiment, it vividly details the extensive action he took part in during the turbulent years of the New Zealand Wars, and his later life as a colonist in the growing town of Wanganui.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBishop Monrad in Aotearoa : Ditlev Gothard Monrad’s life and his legacy to New Zealand / edited by Ian Macfarlane ; [text edited by Robin Briggs].
“Monrad cam to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1866 and for almost most three years carried out the strenuous work of being a settler, clearing the land and establishing a farm in the Manawatū. In 1869 he returned to Denmark, but members of his family continued his pioneer work in New Zealand. Before he left , Monrad gave his treasured collection of prints of etchings and engravings by masters of European art to the government and people of New Zealand. This collection is help at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.” – (adapted from Back cover)

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)