He kōanga tangata tahi

Exploration, heritage and kōrero nehe – these are topics amongst the new books for He Kohikohinga Māori, Mahuru, 2017.

Syndetics book coverLaunching Marsden’s mission : the beginnings of the Church Missionary Society in New Zealand, viewed from New South Wales / eds. Peter G. Bolt & David B. Pettett.
“In 1794 the Rev Samuel Marsden became the second Chaplain to the Colony of New South Wales. Both Marsden and the first Chaplain, the Rev Richard Johnson, came to the Colony under the sponsorship of the Church of England Evangelicals. They had high hopes that New South Wales would be the base from which the ‘everlasting gospel’ would sound forth to achieve the salvation of the ‘poor benighted heathens’ of the South Seas. To this end Marsden began the mission to New Zealand on Christmas Day, 1814… This book is a celebration of that mission and Marsden’s preparations for it.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTears of Rangi : experiments across worlds / Anne Salmond.
“Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds.” (Syndetics summary)

Tuai : a traveller in two worlds / Alison Jones & Kuni Kaa Jenkins.
“A thrilling biographical narrative of a young Bay of Islands leader who grew up in the Māori world of the early nineteenth century – and crossed the globe to encounter England in the midst of the industrial revolution. This is a story about the Māori discovery of England. These voyages between worlds represented risk and opportunity: Tuai chose opportunity, and the rest is history.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverTruth and beauty : verse biography in Canada, Australia and New Zealand / edited by Anna Jackson, Helen Rickerby, and Angelina Sbroma.
Truth and Beauty turns critical attention to an exciting genre that lies at the intersection of biography and poetry, narrative and lyric, history and the confessional. With essays on influential verse biographers Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Porter, Michael Ondaatje, Jennifer Maiden and Anne Carson along with newer practitioners including Chris Orsman, Jordie Albiston, Robert Sullivan, Tusiata Avia and Amy Brown, this collection looks at the inevitable tensions that arise between historical fact and the work of imagination – and the competing and complementary claims of truth and beauty.” (Syndetics summary)

Colonial Gothic to Māori renaissance : essays in memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki / edited by Conal McCarthy & Mark Stocker.

Syndetics book coverHistory, heritage, and colonialism : historical consciousness, Britishness, and cultural identity in New Zealand, 1870-1940 / Kynan Gentry.
History, heritage and colonialism offers an internationally relevant examination of the nexus between empire and colonial identity, by exploring the politics of history-making and interest in preserving the material remnants of the past in late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial society… Offering important insights for societies negotiating the legacy of a colonial past in a global present, this book will be of particular value to all those concerned with museum, heritage, and tourism studies, and imperial history, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as among scholars in these fields. It will also be of interest to a wider public interested in heritage and the history of museums.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe reo wāhine : Māori women’s voices from the nineteenth century / Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla.
“During the nineteenth century, Maori women produced letters and memoirs, wrote off to newspapers and commissioners, appeared before commissions of enquiry, gave evidence in court cases, and went to the Native Land Court to assert their rights. He Reo Wahine is a bold new introduction to the experience of Maori women in colonial New Zealand through Maori women’s own words.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnimism : respecting the living world / Graham Harvey.
“Animism’ is now an important term for describing ways in which some people understand and engage respectfully with the larger-than-human world. Its central theme is our relationship with our other-than-human neighbours, such as animals, plants, rocks, and kettles, rooted in the understanding that the term ‘person’ includes more than humans. Graham Harvey explores the animist cultures of Native Americans, Maori, Aboriginal Australians and eco-Pagans, introducing their diversity and considering the linguistic, performative, ecological and activist implications of these different animisms.” (Syndetics summary)

Ngā pepeha o te takere nui / Anaha Hiini.
“Here is a collection of pepehā for marae in the rohe of Te Arawa waka.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMāori at home : an everyday guide to learning the Māori language / Scotty and Stacey Morrison.
“An introduction to the Maori language… covers the basics of life in and around a typical Kiwi household- whether you’re practising sport, getting ready for school, celebrating a birthday, preparing a shopping list or relaxing at the beach, Maori at home gives you the words and phrases – and confidence – you need.” (Syndetics summary)

New Zealand geographic; September-October 2017
p. 26. Star struck by Leonie Hayden. The story of aerospace engineer: Mana Vautier (Te Arawa and Ngāti Kahungunu)
p. 46. When worlds collide by Leonie Hayden. The story of Ihumātao, on the shores of Manukau Harbour : Auckland’s oldest settlement now designated special housing area.

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.