He kohinga o te tau hou

Ngā mihi o te tau hou: amongst this varied collection of new books is a lovely new edition of Ani Mikaere’s The balance destroyed. The illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa enhance the themes of Ani Mikaere’s thesis of twenty years ago – her research of mana wahine and ira wahine has more than stood the test of time.

Syndetics book coverFaith, politics and reconciliation : Catholicism and the politics of indigeneity / Dominic O’Sullivan.
“Were Catholics guilty of [aiding and abetting] the genocide of indigenous peoples during the colonization of Australia and New Zealand? … In order to answer these and other related questions over the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the colonization of Australia and New Zealand, Dominic O’Sullivan takes us on a theological, philosophical and political journey from the countries of Europe to the colonies of Australia and New Zealand.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCities in New Zealand : preferences, patterns and possibilities / edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early & Jennifer Ombler.
“This book outlines the latest thinking about the preferences people have for their urban life, the patterns of urban development in Aotearoa, and the possibilities for our cities in the future.” (Syndetics summary)
p. 7. Responding to the challenges: Māori and urban development by Andrew Waa, John Ryks, Biddy Libersey & Jonathan Kilgour.
p. 129. Unearthing urban Māori : 150+ years of tangata whenua participation in the development of Wellington city by Keriata Stuart.

Syndetics book coverKa hoki tāua ki te whare huri ai ē! / kaiētita Agnes McFarland rāua ko Taiarahia Black.
“This collection of essays, all in Te Reo Maori, explores histories, people and places of significance, and takes the reader into the oral arts, including haka, karakia, and waiata… Ka titiro atu koe ki tetahi mea, ki tetahi whenua, ki tetahi awa, ki tetahi kainga, ki tetahi tangata ka hokia mai ano aua whakaaro me nga ahuatanga i kite ai koe i te wa i a koe e tamariki ana. .. Kai roto i teneki pukapuka e kitea ai te wairua o te kupu, a tena kaiwhakairo i te kupu, whakaniko i te kupu ataahua o roto mai i te rohe o Mataatua.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDancing with the King : the rise and fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 / Michael Belgrave.
“After the battle of Orakau in 1864 and the end of the war in the Waikato, Tawhiao, the second Maori King, and his supporters were forced into an armed isolation in the Rohe Potae, the King Country. For the next twenty years, the King Country operated as an independent state – a land governed by the Maori King where settlers and the Crown entered at risk of their lives.” (Syndetics summary)

Cover from Fishpond.co.nzTāngata Ngāi Tahu = People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One / edited by Helen Brown and Takerei Norton.
“Mo tatou, a, mo ka uri a muri ake nei. For us and our children after us. Tangata Ngai Tahu remembers and celebrates the rich and diverse lives of the people of Ngai Tahu. Spanning time, geography and kaupapa, fifty biographies bring Ngai Tahu history into the present.” (fishpond.co.nz)

Syndetics book coverThe balance destroyed / Ani Mikaere ; with images by Robyn Kahukiwa.
Originally presented to the University of Waikato as a Master of Jurisprudence thesis.

Syndetics book coverWater rights for Ngai Tahu : A discussion paper
“In Water rights for Ngāi Tahu, Te Maire Tau considers the historical and political framework that has contributed to the current state of water rights in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā. He explores the customary, legal, and Treaty frameworks that feed into the debate regarding the ownership of water…” (back cover)

Syndetics book coverLeaders like you : New Zealand leaders share stories of courage, failure and commitment / copy, interviews & editing, Nick Sceats and Andrea Thompson ; portraits, Bonny Beattie.
Sceats, Nick and Andrea Thompson. Leaders like you : New Zealand leaders share stories of courage, failure and commitment. 2017.
p. 14. Bennett, Arihia. The power of listening.
p. 128 Dewes, Whaimutu. The evidential leader.
p. 156. Te Tau, Tui. Whe “why not?” leader.

Syndetics book coverThe history of Hawke’s Bay / Matthew Wright.
“Hawke’s Bay has a remarkable history, brief by world standards, yet filled with colour, pace and life. This illustrated history covers the broadest sweep of Hawke’s Bay’s past, telling the wider tale of people and their ideals… “(Syndetics summary)
p. 7. Land and people — Māui – arrival of Ngāti Kahungunu – Hawkes Bay during the ‘musket wars’
p. 27. Cowboy frontier – land sharks and proselytes – Donald Mclean’s land purchases – the war at Te Pakiakia –
p. 68. (The land of the shepherd kings) – race, war and politics.

Cover from Fishpond.co.nzSearches for tradition : essays on New Zealand music, past & present / edited by Michael Brown & Samantha Owens.
“In Douglas Lilburn’s famous address to the 1946 Cambridge Summer School of Music, the composer described his ‘search for tradition’ in the music of New Zealand and spelled out his hopes that a distinctive art music might yet emerge here.
p. 59. Alfred Hill’s ‘Māori songs : whose tradition?” by Melissa Cross
p. 125 Whāia te māramatanga : the search for enlightenment by Valance Smith
p. 139 Mai I te pō : the reclamation of taonga pōro as a living treasure by Awhina Tamarapa and Ariana Tikao
p. 223 Shaping traditions of vocality : the lyrical legacy of Kiri Te Kanawa by Jenny Wollerman

Syndetics book coverTelling the real story : genre and New Zealand literature / Erin Mercer.
“Telling the Real Story: Genre and New Zealand Literature interrogates the relationships between genre, realism and New Zealand literature…” (Syndetics summary)
p. 205. ‘Something that described the real New Zealand’ : Keri Hulme’s The Bone people and Witi Ihimaera’s The matriarch.

Syndetics book coverLinguist at work : festschrift for Janet Holmes / edited by Meredith Marra and Paul Warren.
“Throughout her 45-year career at Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Janet Holmes has operated at the cutting edge of sociolinguistics. She is recognised as a field leader, a pioneer for new approaches, and a warm and generous mentor…” (Syndetics summary)
P. 159. Audiences, referees and landscapes : understanding the use of Māori and English in New Zealand dual language picture books through a sociolinguistic lens by Nicola Daly.

Syndetics book coverPetroleum development and environmental conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand : Texas of the South Pacific / Terrence M. Loomis.
“Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand: Texas of the South Pacific examines the dilemmas associated with economic growth through the expansion of resource extraction. … Terrence M. Loomis analyzes the circumstances under which environmental opposition to state policies to promote oil and gas development–in collaboration with the petroleum industry–, has lead to far-reaching changes in institutional relations between the state and civil society.” (Syndetics summary)
p. 163. Selling the East Coast.
p. 193. Community and indigenous responses to oil and gas development

Paula Morris, Paratene Te Manu and Lindauer

Rangatira mā

Artist Gottfried Lindauer, photographed probably in the 1890s
Artist Gottfried Lindauer, photographed probably in the 1890s. Alexander Turnbull Library, Reference: PUBL-0092-001

Today I’ve finally laid eyes on a copy of Paula Morris’ Rangatira, and this has set me pondering the connections of Lindauer and the mana whenua of Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt. But firstly let’s acknowledge the book Rangatira – winner of the New Zealand Post Fiction Category Award, 2012.

Syndetics book coverRangatira : a novel / by Paula Morris.
In this book Paula Morris recreates the story of her tupuna, Paratene Te Manu , one of the rōpū who sailed to England to visit the Queen, under the umbrella of William Jenkins of Nelson – a journey recorded in the book, Hariru Wikitoria! : an illustrated history of the Maori tour of England, 1863, by Brian Mackrell.

There is much information on Gottfried Lindauer, and an interesting place to begin is Te Ara– where he is described as a Czech, named Bohumir, born 5 January 1839 at Pilsen, Bohemia.

After being called up for service, 1873, he set sail for New Zealand, arriving in Wellington aboard the Reichstag, 6 August 1874, before moving on to Nelson where, says the DNZ biography, he painted his first Māori portraits.

But there is a handful of Lindauer’s portraits of women from Waiwhetu, not included in the substantial New Zealand catalogues (both printed and online). And I am wondering whether these portraits were painted before Lindauer moved on to Nelson. One such portrait, well-known to the Porutu and Puketapu whānau, is of Ruhia Porutu, of local fame.

Around 1840 T. W. McKenzie, a teenager, was on the point of breaking tapu by entering Ruhia’s father-in-law’s partially constructed house at Pipitea. Ruhia threw her kaitaka over the boy, thus saving his life.

An image of the cloak, (which was itself included in the recent exhibition of beautiful kakahu – Kahu ora – at Te Papa), is preserved in a portrait by Lindauer and mentioned in several publications, including “The book of New Zealand women”, as well as our Wellington City Libraries’ book series: Ngā Tūpuna o te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Many years ago, at whānau gatherings down Coast Road, Wainuiomata, on Sunday evening get-togethers and sing-alongs, I would gaze up at three portraits on the wall above the mantlepiece. All were unsigned works.

Two of the women were portrayed in very clear lines – Keti Kautarewa, and her daughter, Raita Te One. When I asked who had painted these portraits, my mother merely said “Some foreign chap came off a boat, at Wellington Harbour. The people of Waiwhetu were good to him, so he painted their portraits”.

These two portraits, now attributed to Lindauer were hung in Te Papa, during the Te Ati Awa exhibition, February 1998-August 1999 along with his portrait of Ruhia Porutu, and another of Wi Tako Ngatata.

Te Ātiawa iwi exhibition at Te Papa, used with permission
Te Ātiawa iwi exhibition at Te Papa, used with permission

As stated in his biography, Lindauer produced many paintings of scenes and people. I wonder how many other uncatalogued but valued portraits of whānau exist throughout the motu.

Lindauer, settled in Woodville, with his wife, in December 1889, on their return from Britain, and he died there in June,1926.