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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
The launch of the reprinted Horouta, Rongowhakaata Halbert's classic history of the East Coast descendants of the Horouta canoe, made for a memorable night on 13 December at the Mangatu Blocks conference hall.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Peter, Isabell and Sascha (Isabell's partner) were delighted to travel to the northern Hokianga to tautoko Pā Henare Tate for a day of celebrations on 1 December - marking his Golden Jubilee (50 years) as a priest, the Silver Jubilee of the house Tamatea at Motuti marae, and the official launch of Pā's book He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama.
Guests then travelled to Motuti for the first of two pōwhiri - welcoming visitors to the marae and, later, Pā with his fellow priests.
After the pōwhiri and mass, a fine lunch was served in the wharekai and a specially erected marquee. Then it was time to launch He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama officially.
Pā had already ritually initiated the book (see blog of 26 November) but this was the official presentation to the people of Motuti. Pā blessed the book and outlined his aims in seeking to ground Christian theology in the Māori world view. Peter spoke of his pride in publishing such a significant work, and acknowledged the contributions and support received from many parties.
Friday, November 30, 2012
M E D I A R E L E A S E
28 November 2012
The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast
A classic of tribal history back in print
Few works in New Zealand publishing rival the scope of Horouta, the definitive history of the descendants of those voyaging canoes that brought the first settlers from Polynesia to the lands that stretch from East Cape to northern Hawke’s Bay.
Horouta looks back over a thousand-year period to tell the origins of iwi including Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu. Its three parts respectively present a narrative history, whakapapa, and maps of lands settled, in a fine, jacketed hardback.
Rongowhakaata Halbert (1894–1973) devoted his life to compiling Horouta, but died before it could be completed. Family members led by the late Te Nonoikura Haronga brought the work to publication in 1999; the present edition brings Horouta back into print.
This outstanding work of scholarship will be in bookstores from the end of November, and will have a formal launch at the Mangatu Block conference hall in Gisborne on 13 December.
Release Date: 30 November 2012 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-32-6 | RRP $120