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)

Heritage: What was, is, and will be

Te amorangi ki mua, te hāpai ō ki muri.

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).” (Publisher information)
p. 88. House of Hiona, Maungapohatu
p. 110. Rangiatea, Otaki

Syndetics book coverMāori in Aotearoa New Zealand : understanding the culture, protocols and customs / Buddy Mikare.
“Buddy Mikaere provides a highly readable historical overview of early settlement in New Zealand and examines the impact of colonisaton and later a developing urban world on Maori and their traditional way of life. Today, the importance of marae and community remains strong, as do many time-honoured rituals. The renaissance of Maori culture has included the revival of the language and the flourishing of creative arts.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverChanging times : New Zealand since 1945.
“The book’s twelve chapters, which are arranged both chronologically and thematically, span the early post-war period to the present day, and engage with the key themes, ideas, people, places and events that forged the history of New Zealand in the second half of the twentieth century. In the course of our research we were struck by the multitude of voices we were able to recover from the written record.” (Introduction, p. 5.)
P. 247. Race relations : renaissance and reassessment.
P. 344. Shifting tides : Maori, Pakeha and the Treaty after 1984.

Syndetics book coverThe spirit of Māori leadership / Selwyn Katene.
“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.” (Publisher information)

Ngā kai-rui i te rongopai : seven early Māori Christians / stories retold by Rosemary Dewerse.
“The stories of seven early Māori Christians who, because of their commitment to the Christian Gospel, were instrumental in shaping and transforming their whanau, iwi, culture, and even the history of Aotearoa itself.” (Back cover)
Includes stories of: Tarore, Ngakuku, Kereopa, Te Manihera, Wiremu Tamihana, Heni Te Kiri Karamu, Ihaia Te Ahu.

The fourth eye : Māori media in Aotearoa New Zealand / Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas, editors.
“The Fourth Eye brings together indigenous and non-indigenous scholars to provide a critical and comprehensive account of the intricate and complex relationship between the media and Māori culture [and] shows how Māori filmmakers, actors and media producers have depicted conflicts over citizenship rights and negotiated the representation of indigenous people.” (Back cover)

New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves : water, time, light / text by Brydie Walker Bain ; photography by Corin Walker Bain.

Alternative : an international journal of indigenous scholarship.Vol. 9, no. 4 (2013)
p. 365. Commentary: Decolonizing methodologies 15 years later by Eve Tuck.
“The following commentary is based on discussant remarks in response to a lecture given by Linda Tuhiwai Smith in New York in April this year. The lecture anticipated/commemorated the 15th anniversary of Smith’s Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples, published in 1999 by Zed Books. It also marked the release of the second edition of Decolonizing methodologies in 2012.”–p. 365.

Historical journal / Otaki Historical Society.Vol. 35 (2013)
p. 12. Kipa Te Whatanui : the Skipwiths
(cf. Vol. 33. (2011) Skipwith connection spans continents)

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.