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Ngā kākahu o Ana = Anna's clothes  by Alice Patrick

Ngā kākahu o Ana = Anna's clothes

Alice Patrick

Book

Reader for children in Maori and English.

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Tuai  by Alison Jones

Tuai

Alison Jones

Book

"A thrilling biographical narrative of a young Bay of Islands leader who grew up in the Māori world of the early nineteenth century - and crossed the globe to encounter England in the midst of the industrial revolution. This is the story of the Māori...

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Tūrangawaewae

Tūrangawaewae

Book

"What is a New Zealander? What does it mean to be a citizen of or a resident in this country? How do we understand what makes New Zealand complex, and unique? And what creates a sense of belonging and identity, both here and in the world? Now's a critical...

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Whiti te rā!  by Patricia Grace

Whiti te rā!

Patricia Grace

Book

"The haka 'Ka Mate' was composed by Te Rauparaha, a chief of Ngā̄ti Toa Rangatira, and this is the story of this haka. Te Raupara is pursued by his enemies and fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a...

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He mīharo te manu  by Sharon Holt

He mīharo te manu

Sharon Holt

Picture book

Singalong book, showcasing New Zealand native birds, designed to teach Te Reo Maori. Includes English translation, activity ideas, guitar chords, and curriculum links.

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Haere tonu  by Sharon Holt

Haere tonu

Sharon Holt

Picture book

Singalong book about cleaning up, designed to teach Te Reo Maori. Includes activity ideas, guitar chords, and curriculum links.

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Te ahi kā  by Martin Toft

Te ahi kā

Martin Toft

Book

"Photographer Martin Toft spent six months living among iwi deep in the Whanganui River lands in the mid-1990s. They honoured him with the Māori name Pouma Pokai-whenua. By returning 20 years later, again with his camera, Toft completed part of a promise...

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Navigators & naturalists  by Mike (Politician) Lee

Navigators & naturalists

Mike (Politician) Lee

Book

"As historian James Belich put it: ̀There is little doubt that Cook has been emphasised to the unfair exclusion of the massive French contribution to European knowledge of New Zealand.' This book seeks to redress this balance, drawing in the main on ...

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Journey towards justice  by Kim Workman

Journey towards justice

Kim Workman

Book

"Life is nothing more than a collection of stories – but within those stories there are threads of meaning that, over a seventy-year journey, make sense of one human life. Kim Workman grew up in the Wairarapa, son of a Pākehā mother and Māori father....

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Tamainupō  by Kimai Huirama

Tamainupō

Kimai Huirama

Book

"This book has been written for whānau, particularly our rangatahi, in the hope that we might come to know, celebrate and connect to our shared history and identity, as descendants of Tamainupō. The resource contains whakapapa, illustrated stories, photos...

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Māui Street  by Morgan Godfery

Māui Street

Morgan Godfery

Book

'Everyone lives a messy, unusual life. There is no normal. The sooner our politics understands this, the better off we will all be.' Morgan Godfery is one of New Zealand’s most energising young thinkers. In just a few years he has become a leading...

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He raiona i roto i ngā otaota  by Margaret Mahy

He raiona i roto i ngā otaota

Margaret Mahy

Book

"I ki atu tamaiti, "E whae, he raiona kei roto i ngā otaota." Ka kī mai te whaea, "Horihori, e Tama.""--Back cover.

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Filming the colonial past  by Annabel Cooper

Filming the colonial past

Annabel Cooper

Book

"The New Zealand Wars were defining events in the nation’s history. Filming the Colonial Past, an engaging new book from Annabel Cooper, tells a story of filmmakers’ fascination with these conflicts over the past 90 years. From silent screen to smartphone,...

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Aotearoa =

Aotearoa =

Picture book

"New Zealand fauna illustrated, with captions English and Te Reo Māori."--Cataloguer.

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Mountains to sea

Mountains to sea

Book

"The state of New Zealand's freshwater has become an urgent public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand's rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it?...

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Newness & wonder  by Alexis Lynne

Newness & wonder

Alexis Lynne

Book

"After her only dream is snatched from her grasp, can she open her heart to something new and wonderful this Christmas? For years, all Tara Crowley longed for was to return to the simple but happy life she lived on her grandparents’ farm. After years...

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Te tipitipi moana a Kaia te korora  by Jo Van Dam

Te tipitipi moana a Kaia te korora

Jo Van Dam

Book

"Koinei te ra mo te haerenga nui a Kaia te korora me tana koro. Ko wai ma te hunga ka tutakina e raua, I a raua e tere haere ana I Tikapa Maona I Tamakimakaurau, I tua atu hoki?"--Back cover.

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Tamainupo  by Kimai Huirama

Tamainupo

Kimai Huirama

Book

"This book has been written for whanau, particularly our rangatahi, in the hope that we might come to know, celebrate and connect to our shared history and identity, as descendants of Tamainupo. The resource contains whakapapa, illustrated stories, photos...

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Te tohuna kura waka  by Charlotte Mildon

Te tohuna kura waka

Charlotte Mildon

Book

In the Maori culture the spiritual wisdom keepers have had to remain secretive for many generations, due to government legislation and the oppression of religion. Now, in this fascinating short book, Charlotte Mildon explores the prophecy of the divi...

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One law or two monarchs?  by John Robinson

One law or two monarchs?

John Robinson

Book

For over 500 years, Polynesians had New Zealand to themselves. However, towards the end of the 1700s, Europeans started arriving to exploit the resources of the country. A technologically advanced culture began interacting with a Stone Age society, and...

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Eliza & the white camellia  by Debbie McCauley

Eliza & the white camellia

Debbie McCauley

Book

Sarah Hart was pregnant with her second child when her husband, bricklayer Edward Hart, stole food to feed his hungry family. On the run for 17 months, when captured he served six years on board prison hulks. After his release the family searched for...

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Wāhia ngā rua  by Kimai Huirama

Wāhia ngā rua

Kimai Huirama

Book

When Hekeiterangi of Ngāti Maniapoto elopes with Ngaere of Waikato, this leads to tensions which are only resolved through a communal feast that strengthens the kinship bonds between Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato, and marks the origin of the name of th...

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Pūrākau  by Robyn Kahukiwa

Pūrākau

Robyn Kahukiwa

Book

3 fictional stories, containing elements of traditional Māori tales.

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Te pohū  by Sacha Cotter

Te pohū

Sacha Cotter

Book

A young boy wants to create his own perfect dive-bomb into the water, and with the help of his grandmother, he finally discovers the secret.

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Guardians of Aotearoa  by Johanna Knox

Guardians of Aotearoa

Johanna Knox

Book

"Buffeted by the forces of modern change, it can be tough to hold onto what we value most, or sometimes, even to slow down and think what that is. This is a book about New Zealanders who have found what they hold dear, and, with an eye on the future,...

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Keep fit Kiwi  by Lynette Evans

Keep fit Kiwi

Lynette Evans

Book

Presents a kiwi version of the action song Head, shoulders, knees and toes.

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Birdstories  by Geoff Norman

Birdstories

Geoff Norman

Book

"Kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, moa, tūī – these birds, and many others, are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, and famous throughout the world. It was the 1873 publication of Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand that introduced overseas readers...

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Self awareness doesn't begin with self  by Hana Tapiata

Self awareness doesn't begin with self

Hana Tapiata

Book

"Self awareness doesn't begin with self', is based on Maori ancestral knowledge which examines whakapapa (genealogy, processes, connections) to gain a deeper understanding and connection to where, who and what we come from, in order to afirm our identity...

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Galleries of Maoriland  by Roger Blackley

Galleries of Maoriland

Roger Blackley

Book

"Galleries of Maoriland looks at Māori prehistory in Pākehā art; the enthusiasm of Pākehā and Māori for portraiture and recreations of ancient life; the trade in Māori curios; and the international exhibition of this colonial culture. By illum...

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Te paparahi, toi Māori

Te paparahi, toi Māori

Book

"A new project curated by Māori designer Olivia Haddon, Ngāti Manuhiri, of the Auckland Council Design Office and published by Artweek Auckland with support from Auckland Council, ATEED and Auckland Transport provides maps of walks around Auckland. The...

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Korikori teacher handbook  by Chris Winitana

Korikori teacher handbook

Chris Winitana

Book

This bilingual resource package is designed to introduce "children to the Maori language and culture through the universal medium of music and song"-- Teacher handbook.

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Savaged to suit  by Paul Diamond

Savaged to suit

Paul Diamond

Book

"Savaged to Suit: Māori and cartooning in New Zealand is a pioneering study by Paul Diamond. In the earliest cartoons featuring Māori, they appeared as fearsome savages; today they are likely to be drawn in corporate-world suits. The book concentrates...

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I have loved me a man  by Sharon Mazer

I have loved me a man

Sharon Mazer

Book

"From the Old Mill Disco in Timaru to San Francisco's ACT UP protests, through Jazzercise and drag, AIDS and homosexual law reform, I Have Loved Me a Man takes readers inside the social revolution that has moved New Zealand from the 1960s to the present...

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The tree of life  by Heeni Morehu

The tree of life

Heeni Morehu

Book

This book is about Heeni Morehu's experience of losing her eldest son, 17-year-old Kahu, in a car crash in 2009 before her younger son, Hepa, 16, took his own life in 2011.

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Ko Rongowhakaata

Ko Rongowhakaata

Book

"This book is published to mark the opening of the Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow exhibition at Te Papa, which represents the culmination and breadth of Rongowhakaata history and whakaaro (considerations) and has the significant meeting...

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The little kiwi and the Treaty  by Nikki Slade-Robinson

The little kiwi and the Treaty

Nikki Slade-Robinson

Picture book

"Years ago a group of kiwi travelled to find a place to settle. Much later another group arrived and wanted to settle there too. Both wondered who these strangers were and they began to fight each other, until eventually they made a treaty and agreed...

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William's Waitangi Day  by David Ling

William's Waitangi Day

David Ling

Picture book

"When the teacher asks about Waitangi Day, everyone else knows what they'll be doing, but William doesn't even know what Waitangi Day means. Then, with the help of his friends he begins to understand what it's all about and has a great Waitangi Day h...

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He kōpaki kiwaha.

He kōpaki kiwaha.

Book

This is part of a te reo Māori resource and is a book of Māori kiwaha or idioms for everyday use.

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There's a tui in our teapot  = He tūī kei rō tīpāta  by Dawn McMillan

There's a tui in our teapot = He tūī kei rō tīpāta

Dawn McMillan

Picture book

"There's a tui in our teapot. He's looking out at me. A tui in the teapot? Yes ... he wants a cup of tea! A tui and his various friends including takahe, kea, korimako (bellbird), pukeko and hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) invade the family kitchen, getting...

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Oh boy  by Stuart Lipshaw

Oh boy

Stuart Lipshaw

Book

"Stories about Kiwi men who followed their dreams and made the world a better place. An inspiring and essential storybook for children of all ages, grown-ups included. Stories featured in this book are of Billy T. James, Bret McKenzie, Bruce McLaren,...

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Our voices

Our voices

Book

This book is an exciting advance in the field of architecture, offering multiple indigenous perspectives on architecture and design theory and practice. Indigenous authors from Aotearoa NZ, Canada, Australia and the USA explore the making and keeping...

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The taniwha in our backyard  by Malcolm Paterson

The taniwha in our backyard

Malcolm Paterson

Picture book

"Tui, his cousin Jennifer and their whanau go to the south Kaipara to visit their Uncle Rua and Auntie Mina (who grew up in Malaysia). Exploring the area down to Muriwai, they learn about ancient taniwha (guardians/monsters), extinct and endangered animals...

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Māori made easy 2  by Scotty Morrison

Māori made easy 2

Scotty Morrison

Book

"Enhance your Maori-language learning with the most reliable - and easiest - resource available. The bestselling Maori Made Easy gave learners an accessible and achievable entry into te reo Maori. It quickly cemented itself as the guide to those new to...

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Speak to me. Family = by Jenny Chapman

Speak to me. Family =

Jenny Chapman

Picture book

Shows basic signs and words for " father", "mother"," more", "milk", "food","finished" and "change nappy."

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Speak to me. Animals = by Jenny Chapman

Speak to me. Animals =

Jenny Chapman

Picture book

Shows basic signs and words for common animals.

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Speak to me. Home = by Jenny Chapman

Speak to me. Home =

Jenny Chapman

Picture book

Shows basic signs and words for "home", "clothes", "drink", "car".

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Te kohu  by author Moetu-Taiha

Te kohu

author Moetu-Taiha

Book

"Early in her childhood, Moetu was able to connect with the Spiritual realm. However, it was not until the 1980's, when her younger brother died and she asked herself: "what are we living for, if only to die?." She was then ready to open up and to re...

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Ko Taranaki te maunga  by Rachel Buchanan

Ko Taranaki te maunga

Rachel Buchanan

Book

"In 1881, over 1,500 colonial troops invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, buildings destroyed, and chiefs Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were jailed. Rachel Buchanan tells her own, deeply personal story...

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Patea Maori Club and Dalvanius by performer Patea Maori Club

Patea Maori Club and Dalvanius

performer Patea Maori Club

Music CD

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Kia ora  by June Pitman-Hayes

Kia ora

June Pitman-Hayes

Picture book

"A playful new singalong in English and Maori. Tamariki holiday at the beach, splash in water fountains, climb trees and toast marshmallows around a campfire all the things we love to do, and share with others. Because YOU can be a Kiwi too!"--Publi...

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Te hinga ake a Māui i te ika whenua  by Donovan Bixley

Te hinga ake a Māui i te ika whenua

Donovan Bixley

Book

Donovan Bixley re-tells the story of Maui fishing up North Island! The traditional tale but with Donovan's unique twist and trademark humour. The pictures will be bright and bring their own level of humour to the book.

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Moon cow  = Te kau me te Marama  by Kyle Mewburn

Moon cow = Te kau me te Marama

Kyle Mewburn

Picture book

"When Milly the cow looks up at the moon she knows it must be lonely, so she decides to keep it company. The other cows think she's crazy, but Milly continues trying to win the moon's friendship. But this is harder than Milly thinks. After all, how do...

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Mana tohunga  by Kitrina Aroha Aubrey

Mana tohunga

Kitrina Aroha Aubrey

Book

"Spirituality is a natural circle of light. The spirit exists in everyone and everything. It lives in the land, the water and the sky. It connects us to the energy source within us, and binds us with the cascade inside. The source of energy light is ...

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Hapata  by Robyn Belton

Hapata

Robyn Belton

Picture book

"Herbert was a small dog who lived in Nelson by the sea. Everybody liked him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. One fine day, an excited Herbert set off with Tim's father on a boat, heading for their cottage in the Marlborough Sounds. However,...

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Sport and the New Zealanders  by Greg Ryan

Sport and the New Zealanders

Greg Ryan

Book

". . . those two mighty products of the land, the Canterbury lamb and the All Blacks, have made New Zealand what she is in spite of politicians' claims to the contrary', wrote Dick Brittenden in 1954. `For many in New Zealand, prowess at sport replaces...

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Treasures of Tāne  by Rob Tipa

Treasures of Tāne

Rob Tipa

Book

"This is an accessible guide to native plants of the South Island of New Zealand, traditional Māori uses of them and history and traditions around them. The text describes the characteristic features, natural environment and uses of each plant, liste...

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Pathway of the birds  by Andrew Crowe

Pathway of the birds

Andrew Crowe

Book

"This book casts light on a neglected epoch of world history, one that saw Polynesians expand their territory across the world's largest ocean. Author Andrew Crowe has been collecting the research of a wide range of specialists for many years, assembling...

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Wi Taepa

Wi Taepa

Book

"This exhibition celebrates the life and work of senior Māori clay artist Wi Taepa as it looks back at over 30 years of his art practice. It presents key works from Taepa’s career, sharing the breadth and diversity of his thinking and making. Taepa’s...

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Tarawera and the taniwha  by Graeme Dew

Tarawera and the taniwha

Graeme Dew

Book

"This tale based around the small village of Te Wairoa by the shores of Lake Tarawera, revolves around the life of two children, two taniwha, and the eruption of a great mountain"--Back cover.

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The standing strong house  by Reina Kahukiwa

The standing strong house

Reina Kahukiwa

Book

When Kahurangi, a kuia from Ngāti Tū Māia dies, her whare is left neglected until, hundreds of years later, it is reclaimed by a community in need and becomes a source of strength and identity.

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Engaging with Māori for success in business  by Shelly Davies

Engaging with Māori for success in business

Shelly Davies

Book

"This handbook promises to raise your awareness of things Māori, providing you with a broad range of insights at a basic level. It’s not iwi-specific or comprehensive, but it is a good foundation, easy to understand, and immediately applicable. It’s...

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Moriori  by Rhys Richards

Moriori

Rhys Richards

Book

"Although they were the last part of the habitable world to receive human residents, the Chatham Islands at 44 degrees south, are windy and wet, but in no way sub-Antarctic. Tradition records that four double-canoes drifted to 'Rekohu', apparently before...

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Heke tangata  by B. H. Easton

Heke tangata

B. H. Easton

Book

"Heke Tangata can broadly be translated as `migration of the people', and in this book economist Brian Easton tracks the major relocations Maori have made into the cities and market economy since 1945. The book's first part provides a narrative of the...

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Mauao  by Tamoe Matire Ngata

Mauao

Tamoe Matire Ngata

Book

Retelling the story of ancestral mountain Mauao in both Te Reo Maori and English.

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Ko Mauao te maunga by Debbie McCauly

Ko Mauao te maunga

Debbie McCauly

Book

The history of Mauao, along with the legend, is one of heartbreak and struggle, but is also one of endurance, strength and unity. Mauao stands guard at the entrance to Te Awanui, the Tauranga Harbour. At over two million years old, he is a tipuna and...

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Huka-piata me ngā para pātiotio  by Geraldine Brophy

Huka-piata me ngā para pātiotio

Geraldine Brophy

Book

"Ko Huka-Piata me te Para-Pātiotio he auaha-whakangahau, ko tāna e takune ai ka kawea te kaupapa o te kaitiakitanga ki ngā tamariki me o rātou whānau. Kua tuhia e Geraldine Brophy mā ngā tamaiti 4-9 te tau. Kua tūria te paki-tiaki-whenua ki Taitā, he...

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Tu tangata

Tu tangata

DVD

Explores the Māori art of weaving with Erenora Puketapu-Hetet and her whanau which guides you on a journey of learning and a passion inherited through the need to nurture and retain the arts. Robin Greenberg cleverly weaves her own craft around Erenora's...

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Hush  by Joy Cowley

Hush

Joy Cowley

Picture book

"The traditional lullaby 'Hush Little Baby', retold with a strong New Zealand flavour. A baby is promised a series of items including a woolly sheep, kowhai flowers and singing tui."--Provided by publisher.

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Nanny Mihi and the bellbird  by Melanie Drewery

Nanny Mihi and the bellbird

Melanie Drewery

Picture book

"Every school holidays the kids go and stay with their nanny in her house by the sea. One morning (for some reason) Nanny Mihi gets the kids up early and they sit on the porch whistling a song until the sun comes up. Then they find out why - a bellbird...

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He kupu tuku iho  by T. S. (Tīmoti Sam) Kāretu

He kupu tuku iho

T. S. (Tīmoti Sam) Kāretu

Book

"This is a book of chapters on key aspects of Māori language and culture authored by two of this country's pre-eminent kaumātua. The authors discuss key cultural concepts (including mana, tapu, wairua, whakapapa, ritual, farewell speeches and Māori humour)...

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Te ringa rehe

Te ringa rehe

Book

"A book celebrating the legacy of Te Arawa master-weaver Emily Rangitiaria Schuster OBE, QSM (1927-1997) … Te Ringa Rehe – The Legacy of Emily Schuster commemorates 20 years since Emily’s passing and recognises the important role she played in the...

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Waka Huia. Kawerau.

Waka Huia. Kawerau.

DVD

Waka Huia is an iconic archival documentary series recording the unique stories and histories of Maori for all New Zealanders.

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Māori healing remedies = Rongoā Māori  by Murdoch Riley

Māori healing remedies = Rongoā Māori

Murdoch Riley

Book

"A useful book of time-tested Māori herbal therapies. By quoting the words of many skilled practitioners of the art of herbal medicine, and by describing some of the spiritual practices and karakia associated, the book becomes a useful compendium of ...

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Untold stories from the kaauta  by Maud Davies Cook

Untold stories from the kaauta

Maud Davies Cook

DVD

"Stories from the kaauta/kitchen are from the heart of the marae and this exhibition presents korero, interviews, and photographs from kuia and kaumatua from four local marae, Otiria Marae, Kawakawa ; Tau Henare Marae, Pipiwai ; Whakapara Marae, Hikurangi...

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Ko Flit, te Tirairaka Te Rerenga i He  by Katherine Q. (Katherine Quin) Merewether

Ko Flit, te Tirairaka Te Rerenga i He

Katherine Q. (Katherine Quin) Merew...

Picture book

Flit the baby fantail is not allowed to fly. Stay here, little Flit. Your wings are not strong enough for flying, say Ma and Pa Fantail. Stay safe inside the nest. But Flit is bored. And hungry. A tasty mozzie lures him out of his nest. I CAN fly,y he...

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Pākehā rambles through Māori land  by J. H. H. (John Henry Herbert) St. John

Pākehā rambles through Māori land

J. H. H. (John Henry Herbert) St. J...

Book

"First published in 1873, Pakeha Rambles Through Maori Lands is an account of life in early colonial New Zealand as seen through the eyes of John H. H. St. John. When St. John arrived in New Zealand, he was twenty-seven years old and a veteran of the...

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Taurite Maori  by Trent Hohaia

Taurite Maori

Trent Hohaia

Picture book

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Tu by Alien Weaponry (Musical group)

Tu

Alien Weaponry (Musical group)

Music CD

Debut album from local three-piece thrash metal group Alien Weaponry. Formed by brothers Lewis and Henry de Jong in 2010, their songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Lewis and Henry are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa descent – they...

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Tu meke Tūī!  by Malcolm Clarke

Tu meke Tūī!

Malcolm Clarke

Picture book

"Motuhake ana ngā āhua rerekē o Tere Tūī, o Taitū Takahē hoki : tērā ka whai ki te tītakataka me te koromiomio i te rangi, tērā anō ka pai ake ki te ngāeheehe ki te ururua ote ngahere. Tu Meke Tūī, he paki hoahoa, he paki mātātoa, he paki tūhura tonu...

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Ghost South Road  by Scott Hamilton

Ghost South Road

Scott Hamilton

Book

"The Great South Road was built in 1862 to carry a British army into the Waikato Kingdom. When the British invaded the Waikato in 1863, soldiers shared the road with Māori refugees from Auckland. Today the eroding earthen walls of forts and pā and mi...

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The Waikato  by Paul Moon

The Waikato

Paul Moon

Book

From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate,...

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Two voyages, one encounter  by David Horry

Two voyages, one encounter

David Horry

Book

"Two Voyages is a fabulously illustrated examination of the tragic first meeting between Maori and Europeans, and the journeys of the people involved. It follows the voyages of the waka Kurahaupo, and of Abel Tasman. It looks at why and how they traveled,...

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