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

Akoranga, huaranga, pakanga

Akoranga, huaranga, me te pakanga : ngā pukapuka hou

Syndetics book coverKia tangi te tītī : permission to speak : successful schooling for Māori students in the 21st century : issues, challenges and alternatives / edited by Paul Whitinui.
“This book brings together academic contributions from the fields of mātauranga, mātauranga hinengaro, whakaako hauora, akoranga takakau-ā-ora and others.”–back cover. Contributors include Joanna Kidman, Hana O’Regan, Tom Cavanagh, Anne-Marie Hunt, Angus MacFarlane, Tangiwai Rewi, Lesley Rameka, Wharehuia Hemara, Janie Tito, Paul Whitinui, Hector Kaiwai, Christine Rubie-Davies, Helen Timperley, Judy Parr, Gary Raumati-Hook, Lynne Parehaereone Raumati, Tania Ka’ai, Melinda Webber.

Syndetics book coverSmall holes in the silence : collected works / Hone Tuwhare.
“Hone Tuwhare died in 2008, having published 10 different new collections and becoming one of this country’s best-loved poets. But his books have mostly gone out of print”–annotation.
“This volume showcases the finest examples of Hone’s poetry, from his early triumph in No ordinary Sun right up to his final works, published when he was in his eighties. Also included are a handful of previously unpublished poems as well as a number translated into Māori by Patu Hohepa, Selwyn Muru and Waihoroi Shortland”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverGuns and utu : a short history of the musket wars. by Matthew Wright. Penguin, 2011.
” In the two decades before the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand underwent island-spanning waves of warfare, extreme violence and cannibalism… These dramatic conflicts were not simply ‘musket’wars. They were part of a wide-ranging response by Māori to the first culture-contact in their history – exposing all the realities of the human condition. This was an age of courage, heroism, great character and astonishing deeds”.–back cover

Syndetics book coverTōku reo, tōku ohooho : ka whawhai tonu mātou = My language, my inspiration : the struggle continues / Chris Winitana.
“E āta raupapatia atu ana e Tōku reo, Tōku ohooho, ngā hinonga whakahirahira a te iwi Māori ki te tō mai i tōna reo mai i te pō kerekere ki te ao mārama. Mai i te petihana mō te reo i te tau 1972 ki 2008, he whakaatu i te whakatieke a te iwi Māori ki te pupuri i tōna reo, ā, he kōrero tahi hoki ki te kōiti a rangapū i te hāputa o te riri nā rātau te reo i whakaora.”–i muri i te pukapuka.

Syndetics book coverMy language, my inspiration : the struggle continues = Tōku reo, tōku ohooho: ka whawhai tonu mātou / Chris Winitana.
“My language, my inspiration – details the concerted efforts of Māori to ensure the survival of the Māori language and bring it out of the shadows and into the world of light. From the petition for the Māori language in 1972 up to 2008, it describes the events that led to the revitalisation of the Māori language and interviews the people who were central to the revival.”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverA simple nullity? : the Wi Parata case in New Zealand law and history / David V. Williams.
The New Zealand Supreme Court in ruling on Wi Parata v the Bishop of Wellington in 1877, concerning land use and ownership at Whitireia, dismissed the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi as a simple nullity. This case has been seen as symbolic of the neglect of Maori rights by settlers, the government, and New Zealand law. Williams takes a fresh look at the case,with new insights into both Maori-Pakeha relations in the 19th century and the legal position of the treaty.– summary of comment on back cover.

To the gateways of Florence : New Zealand forces in Tuscany, 1944 / edited by Stefano Fusi ; [translation, Jill Gabriel].
Contents include: The price of citizenship: Maori involvement in the Italian Campaign / Monty Soutar.
“From 21 July to 4 August 1944, the Chianti area of Tuscany was the scene of bloody fighting as Allied forces waged a bitter battle to wrest Florence from German hands… But research by [the] then mayor of Tavarnelle, Stefano Fusi, and his wife Jill Gabriel, herself a New Zealander, confirmed that it had been soldiers of the 25th Maori Battalion who had led the offensive through much of Chianti…” Book flap.

Sites : a journal of social anthropology & cultural studies ; vol 8, no. 1 (2011)
Special issue: Organ and Xeno transplantation edited by Rhonda Shaw.
Includes: p. 40. Whanau, whakapapa and identity in experiencesof organ donation and transplantation by Robert Webb & Rhonda Shaw.
“This article is based upon qualitative interviews with Maori and their whanau, and explores research into the direct experiences and perspectives of Maori on organ or tissue donation and transplantation. ” — Abstract p. 40.