Saturday, July 9, 2016

The meaning of Kaitangata, from A.W. Reed’s classic Māori Place Names

The South Otago town of Kaitangata has been in the news of late after a massive global response to its efforts to attract new residents with an offer of cheap housing, plentiful jobs and a friendly community. 

What about its name? In a literal translation 'kai' means food and 'tangata' means people, so an origin that has to do with cannibalism is likely. One version is that after a battle fought over eeling rights in the vicinity, the chief Mokomoko was killed an eaten by the victors. A more savoury (if that's the right word) explanation is that it was named after an ancestor who travelled on the Arai-te-uru canoe. 

Discover the Māori names and their meaning in the fully revised edition of A.W. Reed’s classic Māori Place Names.





Friday, July 8, 2016

From the book Māori Place Names: the meaning of Whangaparāoa and Whāngārei

Whales were an important resource to pre-European Māori, and that’s reflected in several well-known names.

Whangaparāoa, the peninsula north of Auckland city, means Bay or harbour of sperm whales; whanga (harbour); parāoa (sperm whale).

Among the many explanations for the name Whāngārei is that it’s a shortened form of Whāngārei-terenga-parāoa: whanga (harbour); rei (rushing); terenga (place of swimming); parāoa (sperm whale).

Find these and many more definitions in Māori Place Names. For more about the book go to https://www.oratia.co.nz/product/maori-place-names/


Thursday, July 7, 2016

A.W. Reed, author of Māori Place Names

A.W. Reed, author of Māori Place Names, played upon his surname when designing the logo for his publishing company, A.H. & A.W. Reed. The logo features the raupō, New Zealand’s native reed.

Raupō is also a place name – there are settlements of this name near Ruawai in Northland and inland from Greymouth – and the definition is included in the fourth edition. Revising editor Peter Dowling was himself a former publishing manager at Reed Publishing.


The late A.W. Reed

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

‪‎Māori Language Week‬ /‎Te Wiki o te Reo Māori‬ - Māori word of the day: te



The word te stands as a separate part of many place names – think Te Aroha, Te Kauwhata or Te Waipounamu. That’s no surprise when you understand that it means ‘the’ in Māori. So:

Te Aroha – ‘The love’, referring to the emotion felt here by the early traveller Kahumatamomoe
Te Mata – ‘The headland’
Te Waipounamu‘The greenstone waters’, the Māori name for the South Island

[IMAGE – Te Waipounamu]

Te Waipounamu, from the map featured in Māori Place Names

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The fourth edition of Māori Place Names is out in good bookstores today

 
The book contains a list of words that commonly form part of Māori place names – among them manga, which means ‘stream, creek’.

Manga is found in names all over the country. One combination is Mangaweka, a place just south of Taihape. The weka is the New Zealand wood-hen – so Mangaweka means ‘Creek of the wood hens’.


This and other illustrations by celebrated artist James Berry featured in the early editions of the book, and have been brought back for the 2016 edition.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Māori Place Names marking Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week/Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is underway – and Oratia Books is marking the week by publishing the fully revised edition of A.W. Reed’s classic Māori Place Names tomorrow.

This fourth edition gives meanings and origins of over 2300 of the most important and widespread Māori names.

Each day this week we’ll explain one name or feature. Today’s is one of the most common – Wainui.


Wai means water; nui means big. So Wainui means ‘Big river, bay or expanse of water’.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Global thinking at the PANZ International Conference 2016

A fantastic first day at the PANZ International Conference yesterday - with more to come today. 

Congrats to the organisers for bringing together over 100 publishing people and a varied, compelling line-up of presenters from NZ and the world: http://www.publishers.org.nz/conference-2016/
Kevin Chapman (Upstart Press), Paula Browning (Chair of WeCreate), Emma House (Publishers Association UK) and Adam Holt  (Universal Music) in the creative industries discussion

Topics traversed included Asian, Australian and UK markets, the WeCreate creative industries initiative, legal issues and the social media landscape.

Robbie Burton's discussion with Nicky Hager formed an inspiring end to the Thursday programme, followed by a fine dinner.

Great to catch up with the NZ publishing community and have our international visitors add their perspectives.

Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith officially opens the conference
PANZ President Melanie Laville-Moore welcomes Diana Broccardo of Profile Books UK
David O'Brien of Cengage Learning sharing lessons and trends from Australia
In the Channels to Export Markets session, from left: Diana Broccardo, Julia Marshall (Gecko Press) and Jo Lusby (Penguin Random House - North Asia)




Global thinking at the PANZ International Conference 2016

A fantastic first day at the PANZ International Conference yesterday - with more to come today. 

Congrats to the organisers for bringing together over 100 publishing people and a varied, compelling line-up of presenters from NZ and the world: http://www.publishers.org.nz/conference-2016/
Kevin Chapman (Upstart Press), Paula Browning (Chair of WeCreate), Emma House (Publishers Association UK) and Adam Holt  (Universal Music) in the creative industries discussion

Topics traversed included Asian, Australian and UK markets, the WeCreate creative industries initiative, legal issues and the social media landscape.

Robbie Burton's discussion with Nicky Hager formed an inspiring end to the Thursday programme, followed by a fine dinner.

Great to reconnect with the NZ publishing community and have our international visitors add their perspectives.
Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith officially opens the conference
PANZ President Melanie Laville-Moore welcomes Diana Broccardo of Profile Books UK
David O'Brien of Cengage Learning sharing lessons and trends from Australia
In the Channels to Export Markets session, from left: Diana Broccardo, Julia Marshall (Gecko Press) and Jo Lusby (Penguin Random House - North Asia)




Friday, June 17, 2016

From the subterranean launch of The Tunnel in our Backyard


An unforgettable launch last evening of The Tunnel in our Backyard in a volcanic cave between Three Kings and Mt Eden. Congratulations to author Malcolm Paterson and illustrator Hana Maihi for their achievement, and sincere thanks to the Albert-Eden Local Board for supporting the event. 

Photos by Justis Kamu, courtesy of The Well-Connected Alliance 



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New children's book lights up Auckland heritage for Matariki

Out in good bookstores tomorrow, The Tunnel in our Backyard is a fun picture book that brings history and the environment to life for primary-school age kids .

The second in the Sharing our Stories series is published to coincide with a celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.

Ngāti Whātua author Malcolm Paterson and illustrator Hana Maihi tell the continuing adventures of cousins Jennifer and Tui as they discover that right around them in Auckland are stories and landscapes just as exciting as what's on Playstation or TV.

The 'tunnel' in the book's title refers both to the giant road tunnel under construction in Waterview, and the volcanic tunnel the kids discover running under Mount Albert/Owairaka.


The 32-page book is in English with plentiful Te Reo vocab (explained in footnotes), and includes a map and links to help readers and schools connect with their local heritage. 

Click here for more about The Tunnel in our Backyard.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PANZ International Conference shapes up to be a milestone event

Excitement is growing ahead of the PANZ International Conference 2016 from 30 June to 1 July in Auckland.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has brought together an impressive line-up of international and New Zealand speakers for the conference - in line with the theme Local Publishing, Global Thinking.

More than a hundred publishing and creative industry professionals are expected to attend the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in central Auckland.

A full programme and details are available on the PANZ website conference page.

I'm really looking forward to engaging with some of the top publishing brains from around NZ and the region in what promises to be a stimulating couple of days.

- Peter Dowling, Publisher, Oratia Books


Monday, May 16, 2016

Oratia on Māori Television

Oratia Books publisher Peter Dowling was interviewed today for Te Kāea, which aired at 5.30pm on Māori Television. Below is a snippet from the Online News Team:


Oratia Media rebrands and expands

By Online News Team 
A new year, a new name, and expansion. This year marks a new departure for Oratia Media as they relaunched their books programme as Oratia Books.
Oratia Books are committed to supporting Māori Books and Māori Authors.
This year Oratia Books will publish at least ten titles, including new books from bestselling authors like Christopher Pugsley and Dawn McMillan & Ross Kinnaird, as well as titles from a number of new authors.

Images from tonight programme

Monday, April 18, 2016

Taking a closer look at grammar

It's good to see editors' collective Coles & Lopez promoting attention to English grammar and usage.

Check out http://www.colesandlopez.com/blog/ for India Lopez' take on apostrophes, commas and more ...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Anzac Experience out today

Christopher Pugsley's remarkable account of the Anzac soldier is in bookstores today.

The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War ranges from the experience of imperial soldiers in the South African war to themes like Gallipoli, discipline and morale, and the influence Australian, Canadian and New Zealand forces had on each other as they evolved into the 'Diggers' by the end of the First World War.

For more details check our Books page.

ISBN: 978-0-947506-00-1
RRP: $45.00
Specs: Paperback, 240 x 170mm portrait, 356 pages, black & white, 60 photos



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