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Te Tai Tokerau


(Te Hiku-o-te Ika-a-Maui)

Waka: Many waka associated with this rohe, including Mata-hou-rua, Nga-toki-mata-whao-rua, Mamari,
Other waka to land or pass throught here included: Kurahaupo, Mamaru, Tinana, Ruakaramea, and Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi, also Takitimu and Uru-ao before heading south as well as Mataatua.

Iwi/hapu: many hapu and iwi including: Ngati Whatua, Ngati Wai, Nga Puhi, Te Rarawa, & Te Aupouri.

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" p. 1.

Syndetics book coverTangiteroria : crucible of the Kaipara 1836-54, missionary impulse & impact, by Stephen Fordyce.
What happens when an English missionary, a French priest and a Maori chief get together at the small settlement of Tangiteroria? Situated midway between modern-day Dargaville and Whangarei, the negotiating, cultural and religious misunderstandings and hostilities that occurred there around 1840 are outlined in this fascinating read. They set the scene for Maori and European settlement in the wider context of the Kaipara Harbour.

Syndetics book coverGreater Māori Auckland, by David Simmons ; including the Māori place names of Auckland, collected by George Graham.
The author extends his original Maori Auckland (1987), to include the regions north and south, including Manukau and Waikato, the Kaipara and Mahurangi coasts, and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. It includes legends, traditions of the arrival of the canoes, the naming of the landscapes, great leaders, tribal battles, plus an outline of Maori life on the volcanoes, the forests and seashore.

Syndetics book coverA seat at the table of my elders, by Pineaha Murray.
"Pineaha Murray is an elder of Ngāti Kurī of the Far North. 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.

book cover courtesy of syndetics Ngapua : the political life of Hone Heke Ngapua, MHR, by Paul Moon.
"Hone Heke Ngapua, descendant of the line of Rahiri, great-nephew of the warrior leader Hone Heke, Member of the House of Representatives, orator, political activist, campaigner for Maori sovereignty and religious nonconfirmist drew his first breath on 6 June 1869 in Kaikohe". (p. 16) "Had Ngapua lived into his seventies, his reputation could well have eclipsed that of Buck, Pomare, and possibly even Ngata. However he died at the age of thirty-nine..... "(p. 349).

book cover courtesy of Reed Northland Maori wood carving = Tai Tokerau whakairo rakau, by Deidre Brown.
It discusses the characteristics and definitions of the regional Tokerau style, its history, as well as northern carvers and their tools, materials and work. The core of the book is a comprehensive illustrated catalogue of Tai Tokerau wood carvings in national and international museums, which cannot normally be viewed by the public.

book cover courtesy of Amazon The tribes of Muriwhenua : their origins and stories, by Dorothy Urlich Cloher ; Maori translation by Merimeri Penfold.
The author describes this book as a "story of beginnings, evolution and consolidation, applied to the people who make up the tribes of Muriwhenua". It is the history of the Far North and the iwi Ngati Kuri, Te Aupori, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu. Taking each of these one by one, the author gives whakapapa and a variety of lively and dramatic stories. All have been discussed and agreed with local kaumatua.

book cover courtesy of Reed Books Mists of time : Ngapuhi myths and legends, by Bunty Howearth.
Stories include - Kupe : journey to Hokianga ; Tuputupuwhenua ; Manawarangi -- Hokianga Whakapau Karakia ; Pakanae : the stronghold of the kanae ; Whiria : te kohanga o Ngapuhi ; How Kokohuia was named ; The lady of the mist ; The mist of the turehu ; The spirit of Whiria.

book cover courtesy of Amazon Hongi Hika, warrior chief , by Dorothy Urlich Cloher.
Written by a member of Hika's whanau, this not only explores accounts of this famous charistmatic fighting chief, but also Ngapuhi tribe history.

book cover courtesy of Reed Books Nga puriri o Taiamai : a political history of Nga Puhi in the inland Bay of Islands, by Jeffrey Sissons, Wiremu Wi Hongi and Pat Hohepa.
Rev. ed. of: The puriri trees are laughing. Auckland, N.Z. : Polynesian Society, 1987. This highly regarded work brings together Ngā Puhi oral traditions and early European accounts of the region.

book cover courtesy of Reed Books Te Whanau Moana : nga kaupapa me nga tikanga = the customs and protocols, the teachings of McCully Matiu kaumatua rangatira of Te Whanau Moana and Ngati Kahu as told to Margaret Mutu. (2002)
McCully Matiu draws on the ancient traditions of the hapu (Te Whanau Moana of Karikari peninsula in the Far North), explains the place names within Te Whanau Moana's territories, and sets out the whakapapa in great detail.

book cover courtesy of Reed Books Te Puna : Māori art from Te Tai Tokerau Northland, edited by Deidre Brown and Ngarino Ellis. (2007)
Te Puna brings together essays about the art of Te Tai Tokerau / Northland, including carving, painting, weaving, architecture, moko and waka building. It discusses how Northland Māori art was collected by museums and missionaries; and argues that Tai Tokerau was the cradle for contemporary Māori art. Shorter essays highlight artists such as Ralph Hotere, Shane Cotton, Hec Busby and Kura Te Waru Rewiri. Illustrated in full colour throughout.
(drawn from Reed Books)

book cover courtesy of Reed Books The rise and fall of Te Hemara Tauhia, by Paul Goldsmith.
Based on research from the Native Land Court records this is the story of Te Hamara, a chief of the Ngati Rongo. Includes whakapapa.

book cover courtesy of Amazon The archaeology of Pouerua, by Douglas Sutton, Louise Furey, Yvonne Marshall.
This book in Pacific archaeology is the third to emerge from the Pouerua Project, a major archaeological initiative of the 1980s, studying the extensive pa site on and around the volcanic cone at Pouerua, Northland, New Zealand. Focusing on the pa itself, it explores the innovative attempt to use archaeological techniques to explore and understand socio-political processes. The investigation revealed the pa as a fluid site with different functions changing over time; not a place of permanent settlement. (Amazon)

Belich, James. The New Zealand wars and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict, 1986. (pp. 29-64)

Best, Simon. Guns and gods : the history and archaeology of Rewa's 'Pa', Kororareka : archaeological investigations at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre, Russell (Site Q05/1179) report prepared for the Department of Conservation, Northland Conservancy.

Boese, Kay. Tides of history : Bay of Islands county, 1977. (Kurahaupo /Te Aupouri).

Byrne, T.B. The unknown Kaipara : five aspects of its history 1250-1875, 2002.
Includes some historical detailof Ngāti Whatua (& Ngāpuhi)
Table & map of Crown purchases, Kaipara, 1854-64 ; extract "Register of chiefs" p. 376 ; p. 374-5 ; Whakapapa of the Uriohau, p. 377

Boese, Kay. Tides of history : Bay of Islands county, 1977. (Kurahaupo /Te Aupouri).

Davis, C.O. The life and times of Patuone.
Eruera Maihi Patuone was a chieftain of the Ngati Hao iwi (Hokianga).

Diamond, John T. The Maori history and legends of the Waitakere Ranges, 1979.
(Ngati Kawerau). (Ngati Kawerau).

Harcourt, Melville. The day before yesterday : a short history of the Bay of Islands, 1940. (Te Rarawa)

Harrison, Eric. Hokianga,1985. (Te Rarawa).

Henare, Pa. Tamatea Motuti, 1987. (Te Rarawa).

In the shadow of Maunakiekie : a history of One Tree Hill and its environment from pre-Maori times to 1989. 1989. (Waiohua).

Irvine, Jean. Historic Hokianga, 1965. (Te Rarawa).

Hohepa, P. W. A Maori community in Northland, Wellington : AH & AW Reed, 1970. (Te Rarawa).

Holloway, K. M. Maungarei : an outline history of the Mount Wellington, Panmure and Tamaki districts. 1962. (Mahuhu, Ngati Whatua).

Jackson, Elizabeth T. Delving into the past of Auckland's eastern suburbs, 1976. (Mahuhu, Ngati Whatua, Waiohua).

Joiner-Webster, J. P. The rata tree or an account of the life and times of Eruera Maihi Patuone, the celebrated Ngapuhi chief, J.P Joiner-Webster, 1966.

Karanga Hokianga : Hokianga, call your children together, Motuti Community Trust, 1986.

Kawharu, I.H. Orakei : a Ngati Whatua community, 1975. (Mahuhu, Ngati Whatua).

Keene, F. M. O te Raki : legends of the North.

Keene, F. Tai Tokerau, by Florence Keene.

Kereama, M. The tail of the fish : Maori memories of the Far North, 1968. (Kurahaupo, Te Aupouri).

Leaf, Joan M. Leaf family reunion, 1832-1990. 1990. (Te Rarawa).

Lee, Jack. Hokianga, 1987. (Te Rarawa).

Lee, Jack. I have named it the Bay of Islands, by Jack Lee. 1983. (Te Rarawa)

993.112 MAN
Maning, F. E. History of the war in the north of New Zealand against the chief Heke in the year 1845 / told by an old chief of the Ngapuhi tribe, 1864. (Mahuhu, Ngapuhi).

993.112 MIL
Milligan, R.R.D. The map drawn by the Chief Tukitahua in 1793, 1964 (Mamari, Ngati Kahu).

Mitcalfe, Barry. Northland : New Zealand.

Moon, Paul. Hone Heke : Nga Puhi warrior.

Nobbs, K. J. A great Maori pioneer, Rawiri Taiwhanga, 1989.
Chief of Te Uri-oHua hapu of Ngati Tautahi. Includes a whakapapa table.

Phillips-Gibson, Edith. Tamaki-makaurau : myths and legends of Auckland landmarks, 2006.

Pickmere, N. P. The changing times of Te Tirarau and the people of the river, the Wairoa, Kaipara, 2004.

Pickmere, N. P. Whangarei : the founding years, 1989.

Phillipps, William J. Carved Maori houses of Western and Northern areas of New Zealand, 1955.

Ritchie, Rayma. Rawiri Taiwhanga (?1790s - c1879), 1998.

Simmons, lD. Maori Auckland, including the Maori place names of Auckland, 1987. (Mahuhu, Ngati Whatua).

Simpson, Tony. Te riri Pakeha : the White man's anger, 1979.
(a small section deals with early conflict).

The Archaeology of the kainga : a study of pre-contact Maori undefended settlements at Poueraua, Northland, New Zealand, by D.G. Sutton, 1990. (Mahuhu / Ngapuhi).

Webster, J.P. The rata tree : an account of the life and times of Eruera Maihi Patuone, Ngapuhi chief, 1966. (Mahuhu, Ngapuhi).

White, John. The ancient history of the Maori : 13 volumes (CD ROM) University of Waikato Library, 2001.
v. 9,10, 11, 13. Nga-ti-whatua, Nga-puhi

Wilson, Ormond. From Hongi Hika to Hone Heke, 1985.

Wright, H. M. New Zealand 1769-1840 : early years of western contact, 1967. (Mahuhu, Ngapuhi).

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