New books in our Maori collection

In this selection we have another beautiful art book – Artefacts of Encounter – which begins with stories of artefacts collected during Cook’s three voyages, followed by examples of colonial collecting and museum histories.

Syndetics book coverArtefacts of encounter : Cook’s voyages, colonial collecting and museum histories / edited by Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku & Amiria Salmond ; photography by Gwil Owen.
“The Pacific artefacts and works of art collected during the three voyages of Captain James Cook and the navigators, traders and missionaries who followed him are of foundational importance for the study of art and culture in Oceania. … The collection includes some 100 artefacts dating from Cook’s first voyage. This stunning book catalogues this collection, and its cutting-edge scholarship sheds new light on the significance of many artefacts of encounter.” (Syndetics summary)

Image from Huia PublishingThe struggle for Māori fishing rights : te ika a Māori / Brian Bargh.
“Maori fishing rights were ignored by the Crown from the time the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Although guaranteed by the Treaty, Maori struggled to re-establish these rights until the 1980s after years of argument in the courts. Four pou, or pillars of support, significantly assisted in the recognition and eventual recovery of Maori fishing rights: the Treaty of Waitangi; the courts; the Waitangi Tribunal and the resilience and tenacity of Maori people, who never gave up fighting for what was right.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWomen of the Catlins : life in the deep south / edited by Diana Noonan ; photography by Cris Antona.
“A haunting, off-the-beaten-track destination, the little-known Catlins region of New Zealand is as mysterious today as it ever was. In this first in-depth look at the lives of its inhabitants, award-winning writer Diana Noonan and photographer Cris Antona collaborate to capture the thoughts and feelings of 26 women from this remote outpost. As the subjects speak for themselves on topics as diverse as family, work, isolation and their relationship with the environment, there is, at last, an opportunity for readers to enter into the heart of this rugged, unknown landscape where few venture and only the strongest make it home.” (Syndetics summary) Includes lives of: Rona Williamson (Ngāi Tahu) ; Heni Landreth (Ngāti Porou) ; Liz Cairns (Ngāpuhi), ; Nikeisha Clarke (Ngāi Tahu)

Te herenga reo : indigenous storytellers, Matariki, 2015 / compiled and curated by Te Herenga Reo Press for Te Herenga Reo Trust.
Contributors: Tama Waipara, Rob Ruha, Marama Davidson, Cilla Ruha, Michelle Ngamoki, Dayle Takitimu.

Syndetics book coverKa ngaro te reo : Maori language under siege in the nineteenth century / Paul Moon
“Ka ngaro te reo, ka ngaro taua, pera i te ngaro o te moa. If the language be lost, man will be lost, as dead as the moa. In 1800, te reo Maori was the only language spoken in New Zealand. By 1899, it was on the verge of disappearing altogether. In Ka Ngaro Te Reo, Paul Moon traces the spiralling decline of the language during an era of prolonged colonisation that saw political, economic, cultural and linguistic power shifting steadily into the hands of the European core…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPerforming indigenous culture on stage and screen : a harmony of frenzy / Marianne Schultz.
“Examining corporeal expressions of indigenousness from an historical perspective, this book highlights the development of cultural hybridity in New Zealand via the popular performing arts, contributing new understandings of racial, ethnic, and gender identities through performance. The author offers an insightful and welcome examination of New Zealand performing arts via case studies of drama, music, and dance, performed both domestically and internationally.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first migration : Māori origins 3000BC – AD1450 / Atholl Anderson.
“Thousands of years ago migrants from South China began the journey that took their descendants through the Pacific to the southernmost islands of Polynesia. Atholl Anderson’s … synthesis of research and tradition charts this epic journey of New Zealand’s first human inhabitants. Taken from … Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History this Text weaves together evidence from numerous sources: oral traditions, archaeology, genetics, linguistics, ethnography, historical observations, palaeoecology, climate change and more.” (Syndetics summary)

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

Mihinare, Hāhi Karaitiana, Whakapono

Two books recount the influence of the Missionaries and the beginnings of the conversion of Māori to a Christian faith; there’s an overview of performing arts, and an account of interracial marriages.

Syndetics book coverThe conversion of the Maori : years of religious and social change, 1814-1842 / Timothy Yates.“Timothy Yates recounts the history of missions among the Māori people of New Zealand in the mid-1800s. After describing the anthropological background of early Māori society, the book examines the first introduction of Christian mission by Samuel Marsden and the establishment of a Church Missionary Society base in 1814….Yates charts the significant changes in Māori society and religion over the course of nearly thirty years. After detailing the whole Māori conversion process, Yates ends the book with an extended treatment of conversion, both as a general phenomenon and in relation to the Māori.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverBible & Treaty : missionaries among the Māori : a new perspective / Keith Newman.
“[The book] brings a fresh perspective to the missionary story, from the lead-up to Samuel Marsden’s first sermon on New Zealand soil, and the intervening struggle for survival and understanding, to the dramatic events that unfolded around the Treaty of Waitangi and the disillusionment that led to the Land Wars in the 1860s. While some missionaries clearly failed to live up to their high calling, the majority committed their lives to Maori and were instrumental in spreading Christianity, brokering peace between warring tribes, and promoting literacy – publishing, for instance, the first indigenous-language Bible in the Southern Hemisphere”. (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverKia Rōnaki = The Māori performing arts / edited by Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta, Tania Ka’ai & John Moorfield.
“In the last thirty years there has been an explosion of interest in the Maori performing arts but until now there has been no general book written in English or Maori about the Maori performing arts by Maori authors and exponents of the various genres. This new work, brings together the expertise of a range of performance artists and academics, consolidating their knowledge into a comprehensive single volume that will be of relevance to all those interested in the Maori performing arts.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverFavourite Māori legends / A.W. Reed ; revised by Ross Calman ; illustrated by Roger Hart.“Favourite Māori Legends is a classic collection of more than 30 Māori myths and legends handed down orally over many generations. They were retold by the great A. W. Reed when this book first appeared in 1965, and are here revised for a modern readership by editor and author Ross Calman.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverMatters of the heart : a history of interracial marriage in New Zealand / Angela Wanhalla.“In Matters of the heart, Angela Wanhalla introduces us to couples like [Kathleen Pine] and [Philip Soutar] to unravel the long history of interracial relationships in New Zealand. That history extends from whalers and traders marrying into Māori families in the early nineteenth century to the growth of interracial relationships in the later twentieth.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverWaka taua : the Maori war canoe / Jeff Evans.This is a new edition of an introduction to the waka taua – where “Jeff Evans recounts the ancient history and modern renaissance of the war canoe, detailing techniques, captain and crew roles, paddling routines and instruction. Embellished with historical and contemporary photographs and drawings, Waka Taua is a valuable guide to this timeless expression of Māori identity and power” (Back cover)

The legal framework for burial and cremation in New Zealand : a first principles review.
“This issues paper undertakes a first-principles review of New Zealand’s Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and its interaction with related legislation, including the Health Act 1956, the Resource Management Act 1991, the Health (Burial) Regulations 1946 and the Cremation Regulations 1973. It discusses the diverse social and cultural responses to death in contemporary New Zealand society” (Publisher description)
p. 183. Tikanga Māori concerning care and custody of the body.
p. 184. Takamore v. Clarke

Syndetics book coverGrumpy old men : 47 Kiwi blokes, who’ve been around long enough to know, tell you what’s wrong with the world / compiled by Paul Little & Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe.
“Grumpiness is the older person’s natural state, motivated by alarm–albeit often bemused or amused alarm–at everything that is wrong with the world… We live in a country that discourages grumpiness. We prefer people not to complain or make waves or express ideas that may make things difficult for us.” (Introduction) Men involved include: Gavin Bishop, Dick Frizzell, Tau Henare, Pare Keiha and Buddy Mikaere.

AlterNative ; vol. 9, issue 3 (2013)
p. 230. Virtual whanaungatanga : Māori utilizing social networking sites to attain and maintain relationships / Acushla Deanne O’Carroll.