Anō, toitū te whenua: New Māori books

Our latest list of new Māori material includes an interesting fictionalised account of the Battle of Ōrākau, in both Te Reo and English by Witi Ihimaera. Pūkaki, a book about the Ngāti Whakaue ancestor has now been translated into te reo. A research publication on indigenous aspects of business and management include an overview of the environmental failures of the MV Rena written by Ella Henry.

Syndetics book coverSleeps standing : a story of the Battle of Orākau / Witi Ihimaera ; with Hēmi Kelly.
“Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau …The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement … It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- ‘E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!’ ‘Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!'” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExtinguishing title : Maori land rights, people, and perspective in post-colonial New Zealand / Stella Coram.
“Without question, British ‘settlement’ of the new colony created a demand for Māori land and, to facilitate the sale of the land, the “Crown set about transferring customary land into individual title… My concern is that another injustice is being created since rights to title, required of Māori by the Crown in order to retain their land, are being summarily dismissed.” (Preface, pp. xiii-xiv)

Syndetics book coverTura and the fairies ; and, The overworlds and Tu : from Maori legendary lore / by Johannes Andersen.
“This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIndigenous aspirations and rights : the case for responsible business and management / edited by Amy Klemm Verbos, Ella Henry and Ana Maria Peredo.
Indigenous Aspirations and Rights takes an Indigenous perspective in examining the intersection of business with Indigenous peoples’ rights, in light of the UN Global Compact and the PRME. Indigenous rights include, but are not limited to, human, cultural, educational, employment, participatory development, economic, and social rights, rights to land and natural resources, and impacts on identity, institutions, and relations. This book illustrates three main aspects of business practices in relation to Indigenous peoples: learning from failure, unresolved issues and on-going challenges, and developing models for success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPūkaki : te hokinga mai o te auahitūroa / Paul Tapsell ; whakamāoritanga nā Scotty te Manahau Morrison.
“First published in English in 2000, Paul Tapsell’s award-winning work brilliantly captured the life and transformations of Pūkaki the Ngāti Whakaue ancestor depicted on the New Zealand 20-cent coin. Now a superb translation by Scotty Morrison (also of Ngāti Whakaue descent) makes this illustrated work available entirely in Te Reo Māori.” (Syndetics summary)

Point of order, Mr Speaker? : modern Māori political leaders / edited by Selwyn and Rāhui Katene.
“Eight current or former Māori politicians from different political parties recount their leadership experiences and describe the significant events in their journeys from their early lives to Parliament. Paula Bennett, Te Ururoa Flavell, Hone Harawira, Tau Henare, Shane Jones, Nanaia Mahuta, Hekia Parata and Metiria Turei give readers a unique glimpse into their personal and public lives. They share their aspirations, lessons learned and knowledge gained while making meaningful contributions to Māori development.” (Syndetics summary)

Treaty claims, language revitalisation, leadership, inequality and mentoring for wellbeing

This month two substantial reports arising from Waitangi Tribunal claims have been published. There is an interesting bracket of scholars writing on inequality in New Zealand, and a small revised booklet on Māori pathways to leadership.

The Ngāti Kahu remedies report : Wai 45.
“This publication is a report by the Waitangi Tribunal into an application by Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi o Ngāti Kahu (Ngāti Kahu), an iwi of the Te Hiku (Far North) region. Ngāti Kahu sought recommendations from the Tribunal that the Crown transfer land and assets to them in order to remedy the prejudice caused by Crown acts and omissions previously found by the Tribunal to be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. Ngāti Kahu asked the Tribunal to use its binding powers to require the Crown to transfer formerly Crown-owned land to the iwi, some of which was in private ownership. The Crown and other iwi of Te Hiku opposed the remedies sought, as they involved transferring land to Ngāti Kahu that the other iwi already owned, or which had been earmarked for return to them through their Treaty claims settlements with the Crown. The Crown also viewed the application, if successful, as potentially destabilising its Treaty claims settlement programme, both regionally and nationally. The Tribunal concluded that, although binding recommendations were in this case not warranted, Ngāti Kahu were nonetheless deserving of remedy for the prejudice suffered. The Tribunal therefore made a series of non-binding recommendations that it believed would achieve this purpose”. (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverBringing our languages home : language revitalization for families / edited, with a how-to guide for parents, by Leanne Hinton.
Chapter 6. My language story by Hana O’Regan.
“Thirteen autobiographical accounts of language revitalization are brought together by Leanne Hinton, professor emerita of linguistics at UC Berkeley.” (adapted from back cover)

Syndetics book coverInequality : a New Zealand crisis / edited by Max Rashbrooke.
“A staggering rise in wealth disparity has transformed New Zealand from one of the developed world’s most equal nations to one of the most unequal. So dramatic has been this shift from a supposedly egalitarian society that the future has become difficult to grasp. What are the options for – and barriers to – tackling the gap between rich and poor? Inequality addresses these questions in the New Zealand context – a powerful argument from some of the country’s leading commentators.” (Publisher information)
Writers include: Max Rashbrooke, Robert Wade, Ganesh Nana, Jonathan Boston, Karlo Mila, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Sara Bierre, Chris Cunningham, Kim Workman, Tracey McIntosh, Cathy Wylie, Evan Te Ahu Poata-Smith, Paul Barber, Paul Dalziel, Nigel Haworth,Mike O’Brien, Linda Tuhiwai Smith.

Māori mentoring and pathways to wellbeing = Te huarahi o te ora / Rachael Selby & Alex Barnes.
“Whānau, hapū and iwi, education, sport and social service organisations will find the account of this marae-based whānau mentoring programme well worth reading. Ngāti Pareraukawa, a hapū based on the western side of Lake Horowhenua, set out to boost participation in marae activities by rewarding members with a bond to a mentor from the marae. Initally, mentees were young people; rangatahi drawn to the marae for support and the opportunity to set health and education goals. Almost instantaneously, their parents suggested that the mentoring programme be extended to include all whānau, regardless of age. Parents and grandparents set goals, attended hui, reported on their achievements and added a creative dynamic to the programme. This book records the first six years of the programme. It is marae-based, yet reaches out to North and South Island communities where clusters of whā̃nau reside. It has been supported by one of New Zealand’s most well-known philanthropic donors: the JR McKenzie Trust. This interesting donor-donee relationship is further explored and attracts the interest of the Philanthropic community.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverNgāpuhi speaks : He Wakaputanga o te rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi = independent report, Ngapuhi Nui Tonu claim / commissioned by kuia and kaumātua of Ngāpuhi.
“The hearing of the Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu initial claim required the Waitangi Tribunal to look into the Ngāpuhi and Crown understandings of He Wakaputanga – often referred to as the Declaration of Independence – and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This independent report considers the evidence presented to the Tribunal and, in particular, the assertion by Ngāphui Nui Tonu that in assenting to Te Tiriti they did not cede their sovereignty to the Crown”. (page one)

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” (Back cover)