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Aroha Mead talking about Wai 262

LIANZA Conference 2011, Wellington

Aroha Te Pareake Mead (Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou) has been involved in indigenous
cultural and intellectual property and environmental issues for over 30 years at tribal,
national, Pacific regional and international levels. Currently she is global Chair of the
IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP) as well as
Senior Lecturer in Maori Business in the Management School of Victoria University of
Wellington. She is a member of Te Pae Whakawairua, the Maori Advisory Committee to
the Chief Archivist of Archives NZ and the Maori Statistics Advisory Committee to the
Chief Statistician, Statistics NZ.

We were privileged to hear her plenary address at the recent Library conference in Wellington.
view her presentation slides here.
A copy of Wai 262 can be consulted at the library in the Māori collection:

Victoria University honours Te Paekiomeka Ruha ONZM QSM

Victoria University has honoured a prominent Wellington kaumatua with the most distinguished general award it can bestow. Te Paekiomeka Ruha ONZM QSM is one of two recipients of the Hunter Fellowship.

She has been instrumental in supporting Maori language and cultural development in the Wellington region for the past 60 years, having been associated with education all her adult life, and in particular spending some years heading the Correspondence School's Maori Studies Unit.

Victoria's Vice Chancellor Pat Walsh is delighted to be able to recognise the valuable contribution Pae Ruha has made to the university in supporting Te Herenga Waka Marae over 25 years. Professor Walsh honours her role as the university marae kaumatua which has included judging the annual Maori language week debates and assessing students on marae etiquette and protocol.
Pae Ruha will be presented with her fellowship next week at a ceremony on the Victoria University campus.

eBook & eMagazine in Te Reo Māori

Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau, 1869-1960

To celebrate Maori Language Week, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage published this eBook. The book contains the Māori language biographies from all published volumes of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography to date: view it here.

Books you may have missed

Syndetics book coverNgā tini whetū : navigating Māori futures, by Mason Durie.
Contents include :
SECTION 1: INDIGENOUS DEVELOPMENT -- 1. Mental health promotion in a global village (2010) -- 4. Global transitions : implications for a regional social work agenda (2009) -- 6. Indigenous partnerships : the academy as a site for enduring relationships and the transmission of old and new knowledge (2009) -- SECTION 2: MĀORI DEVELOPMENT -- 7. Race and equality in public policy : does it work? (2004) -- 8. Māori achievement : anticipating the learning environment (2004) -- 12. From indigenous exclusion towards full participation : the Māori experience (2006) -- 13. The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand 2008 (2008) -- SECTION 3: HEALTH -- 20. Indigenous health : catalysts for innovation (2007) -- 22. Indigenous participation in mental health : Māori experience (2008) -- SECTION 4: THE PAERANGI LECTURES -- 23. Pae Matatū : sustaining the Māori estate (2009) -- 24. Pae ora : Māori health horizons (2009)

Syndetics book coverColonising myths - Māori realities : he rukuruku whakaaro, by Ani Mikaere.
"brings together a series of papers by Ani Mikaere that reflect on the effect of Pākehā law, legal processes and teaching on Māori legal thought and practice.
She discusses issues such as the ability of Māori to achieve justice when Māori law is marginalised; the need to confront racism in thinking, processes and structures; the impact of interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi; the difficulty of redressing harm to Māori within the Pākehā legal system; and the importance of reinstating tikanga at the heart of Māori legal thinking and practice." Publisher's description.

Syndetics book coverIkawai : freshwater fishes in Māori culture and economy, by R.M. McDowall.
"A landmark publication by New Zealand’s most distinguished freshwater fish expert, Dr R. M. (Bob) McDowall, was released posthumously in October.
Published by Canterbury University Press in association with the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, Ikawai: Freshwater fishes in Māori culture and economy draws together all that has ever been written about the role of freshwater fishes in the lives of early Māori.
Until his untimely death in February this year, Dr McDowall was a widely published author and acknowledged world authority on the taxonomy and biogeography of New Zealand’s freshwater fish. During his 40-year career with the Marine Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and NIWA, he wrote 230 papers (in 66 different journals), 14 books and more than 300 reports and popular articles on freshwater fish." (drawn from the publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverRāhui, nā Chris Szekely ngā kōrero ; nā Malcolm Ross ngā pikitia ; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori .
A child's death leads to a rāhui (restriction) being placed on a rural beach. After a year, the rāhui is lifted, and two children return to the beach full of life and with their cousin in their hearts. Suggested level: junior, primary.

New DVDs

Children of fire mountain .
"A small town set in 1900 is the backdrop for this award winning 13 part children's drama series about a group of children living in Wainamu, a thermal region in the centre of New Zealand. The story portrays the conflict between the world of the Maori and the white settlers when Sir Charles Pemberton arrives from the United Kingdom on advice from his doctor, and has an idea to build a health spa on Maori land. A friendship grows between local lad Tom (the son of the hotel owner where Sir Charles stays) and Sarah Jane (Sir Charles granddaughter). Meanwhile a local villain is brought to justice, the Maoris foretell a catastrophe and a volcano erupts, showing the danger of interfering with Maori land." (www.tvnz.co.nz/dvd)

The flight of Te Hookioi, a documentary directed by Tearepa Kahi.
"150 years ago, two men from Tainui - Wiremu Toetoe and Hemara Te Rerehau - took a trip of a lifetime on board the Novara, a Viennese scientific frigate and returned to New Zealand with a printing press, a gift from the Emperor of Austria. Local film maker Tearepa Kahi, also from Tainui, now retraces their footsteps via the journal of Hemara Te Rerehau, the younger of the two men, in a bid to learn more about their historic journey and its impact on New Zealand, while trying to seperate the myth from the story. 'The flight of Te Hookioi' is a presenter led documentary and is centred around Te Rerehau's hand written journal, a unique window into the language, cultural understanding and social context between two Māori experiencing Europe in 1859-1860...." Container slick.

Nights in the gardens of Spain, Cinco Cine Film Productions Ltd and Conbrio Media Ltd.
This feature film adaptation of Witi Ihimaera's iconic novel about David, a successful businessman who inexplicably estranges himself from his wife and children. Turns out, he is having an affair with a young male actor and is torn between living that life or the one that he is expected to live by his immediate and extended family. Complicating matters is his family's deep roots in the Maori culture, which disapproves of homosexuality. For a while, the family suspects that David is seeing a woman. But one night, the actor unexpectedly shows up at David's family compound, where his mother catches the two in a passionate embrace. She immediately banishes David from the compound, leading him to reveal the truth to all who are important to him. (drawn from the product description)

Te rua [videorecording] / The New Zealand Film Commission presents a Barry Barclay film.
A hundred years after the theft form New Zealand of three irreplaceable tribal carvings, two members of the Maori tribe decide it's time for ancient grievances to be put right. Both men are in Germany, where the carvings are stored in a great Berlin museum. Rewi Marangai (a successful lawyer) has been working on a patent case. Peter Huaka (a performance poet) is on a European tour. They first meet when Peter is detained in the museum, where he has been causing turmoil about the stolen carvings. They meet again in New Zealand, where Peter is recruiting helpers for his campaign to bring the carvings back home. Rewi at first refuses to participate, but changes his mind when as old woman of the tribe orders him to lead the group to Germany.... (drawn from the product description)

This way of life, Cloud South Films and Wing & a Prayer Films.
Shot over four years, 'This Way of Life' is an intimate portrait of Peter Karena and his family. Though European, Peter was adopted into a Maori family and is Maori in all but skin. ...The film portrays the intimate life of the Karena family. In their early 30s, Peter and Colleen have six kids and 50 horses. We follow them up into the Ruahine ranges and down to their hidden beach camp. Against these isolated backdrops we explore family relationships, their connection to nature, their keen survival skills and their absolute intimacy with each other and their horses. ... (drawn from the product description)

Broken journey : the life and art of J.C. Sturm. Kapiti Productions. (2007)
J.C. Sturm (Jaqui Baxter) talks about her life and writing, including her marriage to James K. Baxter and his desertion to the Whanganui River commune. The value of her writing and details of her life are revealed in interviews with family, friends and other writers.

Let my whakapapa speak. Writer and director, Tainui Stephens ; producer, Christina Milligan. (2009)
This documentary, by renowned director Tainui Stephens, examines the struggles that led to the growth of the kohanga reo movement - and the woman at the forefront of change. An inspiration to many, a thorn in the side to some, Iritana Tawhiwhirangi is a woman whose reputation precedes her as someone unafraid and compelled to speak her mind. She is one of a generation of leaders who emerged in the post-war era, and her influence has ranged across government, broadcasting and tribal issues, and of course, education.

Nga Tupuna o Te Whanganui-a-Tara Volume 4 is available!

Wellington City Libraries proudly introduce our new publication, in conjunction with the Wellington Tenths Trust.

The book profiles another 29 Tupuna from iwi who migrated to Te Whanganui-a-Tara in a series of heke during the 1820s and 1830s. These iwi were mainly Te Ati Awa, Ngati Tama and Ngati Ruanui. We seek to fill a gap in the local Maori history resources (in English), by providing a series of starting points for research by Tangata Whenua, historians and students.

illustration from book coverCopies of volume 4 (or any volume, including the full set) are now available for purchase from the Central Library Second floor. Alternatively, complete the pdf order form and attach a cheque (payable to Wellington City Council) with this form and send it to:
Ann Reweti, Wellington City Libraries, PO Box 1992, Wellington 6140.


If you have any queries please telephone Ann on 04-801 4112 or email ann.reweti@wcc.govt.nz



Nga Tupuna o te Whanganui-a-Tara Volumes 1–4 $50

Individual volumes:

  • Volume 4 : $20
  • Volume 3: $15
  • Volume 2: $10
  • Volume 1: $10

Nga Tupuna o Te Whanganui-a-Tara Volume 4 launched!

On Friday 7th September, the launch was held at the Central Library, with the Wellington Tenths Trust.

photo taken during the launch on 7th September, 2007 Matthew Reweti shares some tupuna narratives during the book launch

New or highlighted web-sites

Post Treaty Settlements.
Potentially, the signalled 2014 end of the historical Treaty settlements process ushers in a new era in Crown-Māori relations. But what will these new relationships look like? To help stimulate debate, this site has commissioned a set of short papers representing a diversity of viewpoints around five issues : iwi/Crown co-management of resources, what will the relationship look like in 50 years time, International indigenous trends, separate Māori representation, and settlement durability.

Archway (Archives New Zealand).
Although the actual records aren't online, this is an invaluable search tool to locating heritage information. Archway contains descriptions of over 1.5 million records that have been transferred from government agencies to Archives four offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. There is also a wealth of information in Archway about the government of New Zealand from 1840 to the current day. There are resource guides on researching Māori information.

Fletcher's Index of Māori names.
This index is from an unpublished manuscript compiled about 1925 by the missionary Rev. Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933). In its original form it was 987 pages long, a vast index of Māori names referred to in books and journals, including the names of boundaries, Māori individuals, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations. It was Fletcher's greatest piece of work, and one that merited improved access.

This website sets out to give a concise account of the Treaty of Waitangi itself and the issues surrounding it. The material was prepared with the assistance of historians and other specialists, and with the help of key Government departments. (The Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme, State Services Commission).

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