Ture, tika, mana tangata, mana ā-iwi

We now have a result for the Wai 262 (concerning New Zealand law and policy affecting Maori culture and identity) claim filed in October 1991 by Saana Murray (Ngati Kuri), Del Wihongi (Te Rarawa), John Hippolite (Ngati Koata), Tama Poata (Te-Whanau-o-Ruataupare), and Witi McMath (Ngati Wai). All of these claimants have now passed on. Included in our recent picks this month is the Waitangi Tribunal’s report, plus much more. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverKo Aotearoa tēnei : te taumata tuarua : a report into claims concerning New Zealand law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity.
“This three volume report addresses the Wai 262 claim concerning law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity, intellectual property in ‘taonga works’, Māori interests in genetic and biological resources in indigenous flora and fauna, Māori involvement in decision-making on resource management and conservation, Crown support for te reo Māori, Crown control of mātauranga Māori, and rongoa Māori and Māori input into NZ’s positions on international instruments”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverColonising myths–Māori realities : he rukuruku whakaaro / Ani Mikaere. “This collection of papers reflect on the impact of Pākehā law and values on Māori legal thought and practice. They discuss issues such as the illogicality of seeking justice for Māori within the confines of the coloniser’s law ; the need for Pākehā to confront the implications of their position as inheritors of the spoils of colonisation ; the myths that have been constructed to obscure the true nature of the Crown-Pākehā relationship as established in 1840 ; the insideous effect of Pākehā thought on Māori conceptions of reality ; and the importance of reinstating tikanga at the heart of Māori thinking”–back cover.

Syndetics book coverKura koiwi = Bone treasures / Brian Flintoff.
“Both a personal account of Brian Flintoff’s career as a bone carver, and an important exploration of Maori art and bone carving. Heavily illustrated with exquisite examples of his, and other people’s work, this book explains the mythology and symbolism behind his work … a sister publication to Taonga pūoro : singing treasures…. “–Cover.

Syndetics book coverNgā tini whetū : navigating Māori futures / Mason Durie.
“This book describes Māori journeys as voyages towards the future, within a changing seascape and a search for new destinations to reach preferred landings where passages are illuminated ; not necessarily by celestial lights but by pointers that can bring lucidity to murky waters”–adapted from intro. p. 1.
This sequel to “Ngā kāhui pou” contains twenty-five papers from conferences, 2004-2010, under four headings – “indigenous development”, “Māori development”, “Health”, “Paerangi Lectures”.

Syndetics book coverKimble Bent, malcontent : the wild adventures of a runaway soldier in old-time New Zealand : a graphic novel / by Chris Grosz.
“A retelling of Cowans book, Kimble Bent: Malcontent vividly portrays Bent’s life as a Pakeha Maori, his assimilation into tribal life, his view of Hauhau war rites. Bent witnessed some of the fiercest battles of the New Zealand wars, including Te Ngutu o te Manu and Tauranga-ika, and was acquainted with such legendary personalities, as Titokowaru and Te Whiti. He was there when von Tempsky was slain.”–adapted from randomhouse.co.nz

Syndetics book coverAncient wisdom modern solutions : the inspirational story of one man’s quest to become a modern day warrior / Ngahihi o te ra Bidois.
“The story of Ngahi’s painfully journey records the highs and lows as he joined unemployment ranks to relearn the language he’d once spurned. He describes his reconnection with his Māori heritage and a life-changing decision to receive the gift of ta moko from his ancestors. Along the way, his struggles to reclaim his identity and embrace the rich culture of his people taught him many valuable lessons – which he believes resonate with us all”– based on back cover.