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Creating taonga, Trevor Agnew

Maui and other Māori Legends: 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa Peter Gossage Puffin $40.00, ISBN 9780143309291 What a delight! Maui and other Māori Legends contains eight complete picture books in one handsome hardback, complete with embossed cover, glossary and bookmark…
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“The messy abundance”, Lydia Wevers

Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori, and the Question of the Body   Tony Ballantyne Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408268 Tony Ballantyne is famous throughout the world of imperial and colonial history for his invention of the very useful term “webs…
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Māori and Crown relationships  Rewa Morgan

Kūpapa – The Bitter Legacy of Māori Alliances with the Crown  Ron Crosby Penguin Random House, $65.00, ISBN 9780143573111 Recently, we as a nation have experienced more commemoration and public history about New Zealand’s military history than ever before. We…
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A shadowy part of the country’s history, Paul Moon

From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealand’s Scots Migrants 1840-1920 Rebecca Lenihan Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578793 Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness: New Zealand, 1860-1910 Angela McCarthy Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781927322000 The 12th century; 1642; 1769. These are…
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Tangata ora, Matariki Williams

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris Bridget Williams Books, $100.00, ISBN 9781927131411 The final chapter of the weighty Tangata Whenua is titled “Tangata Whenua, Tangata Ora”, and the book could just as easily have…
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The museum as a book, Tim Walker

Take These With You When You Leave: Treasures of the Archive Georgina White MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259600 Architecture of the Heart Lucy Hammonds and Douglas Lloyd Jenkins MTG Hawke’s Bay ISBN 9780992259624 Ūkaipō – ō tātou whakapapa: The Identity…
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Posted in Art, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Mishmash history, Nepia Mahuika

Beyond Betrayal, Trouble in the Promised Land – Restoring the Mission to Maori Keith Newman Penguin, $45.00, ISBN 9780143570516 Most Maori I know have a different view of the past to the nation-building rhetoric that inhabits the majority of mainstream…
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Singing in tune, David Round

Treaty of Waitangi Settlements Nicola R Wheen and Janine Hayward (eds) Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Law Foundation, $50.00, ISBN 9781927131381 This book contains a dozen essays on aspects of Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Three cover their context,…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

One in every home, Hilary Stace

The Raupo Dictionary of Modern Maori  P M Ryan Raupo, $60.00, ISBN 9780143567899 Every household and office in Aotearoa New Zealand will have times when they need an easy-to-use Maori dictionary. As more te reo words and phrases drift into…
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Songs not lost, Nepia Mahuika

Nga Moteatea: An Introduction/He Kupu Arataki Jane McRae and Heni Jacob (trans) Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869404901   Jane McRae’s Nga Moteatea: An Introduction is a small book that seems longer because the comprehensive Maori translation by Heni Jacob…
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