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.

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.