New to our Māori DVD collection:
Koro’s medal (2011) – 13 mins.
Director: James Barr
When Billy loses his grandfather’s precious war medal, getting it back is the least of his worries. A funny short film where the kids steal the show.
Turangawaewae (2011) – 10 mins
Director: Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger
Tiare (a koro), a veteran from the Vietnam War, lives homeless, wandering the city, collecting bits and pieces in his plastic bags. He marks out his world by creating tiny shrines made from stolen pieces of turf and little symbols of his world and offering incantations over them. His daughter brings his moko to visit and tries yet again to persuade him to return to their ancestral home. He does not wish to go there.
Day trip: a lot can change in a day(2010) – 11 mins
Director: Zoe McIntosh
A gang member wakes up one morning and decides he needs a day off. Inspired by a newspaper advertisement he impulsively decides to take a short ferry trip between islands.
New to our Māori book collection
Druett, J (2011) Tupaia: the remarkable story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian navigator
A very readable account of this highly respected Tahitian navigator and sage who assisted Captain Cook to find New Zealand based on his own knowledge handed down to him from generations before. He was well understood by Māori leaders when he arrived in Aotearoa with Cook given his knowledge of older linguistic features of his own language. These leaders sought him out as news of his arrivals in different areas spread. It was also interesting to read that a catastrophic disaster in the 1400s created by an asteroid or comet impact hitting off the coast close to Stewart Island, (for more about this read Pre-history) caused a huge tsunami along the New Zealand coastline wiping out much of the canoe building and navigational knowledge held by the leaders of the iwi inhabiting coastal areas influencing substantial cultural changes as a result by the time Tupaia arrived.
Ngawaka, M.R (2013) Kete whakairo: plaiting flax for beginners
Hinton, L (2013) Bringing our languages home : language revitalization for families
In this, Hana O’Regan presents a Māori perspective in Chapter 6 – My language story. Elaina of North Carolina holds a tape recorder to her womb so her baby can hear old songs in Karuk. This book comprises 13 biographical accounts of language revitalization ranging from Scottish Gaelic to Mohawk Yuchi to Māori. A rare collection by scholar-activist Leanne Hinton.
Howe, K.R (2008) Quest for origins
Did they come from space, from Egypt, from the Americas? From other ancient civilizations? These are some of today’s most fanciful claims about the first settlers of the islands of the Pacific. But none of them correctly answers the question: Where did the Polynesians come from? This book is a thoughtful and devastating critique of such “new” learning, and a careful and accessible survey of modern archaeological, anthropological, genetic, and linguistic findings about the origins of Pacific Islanders.
Stephens, M. (2013) He papakupu reo ture: a dictionary of Māori legal terms
Foster, J (2013) Schemes of Māori sentence construction and Māori idiom: How things are said
Foster, K (2013) He pukapuka awhina he mea iti: a helpful little book
This book is for those who have started to learn Māori but have found some aspects confusing. Such is the regularity of Māori that once an accurate sentence has been learnt it will only require substitution of other words to form many other sentences.
Wheen, N.R (2012) Treaty of Waitangi settlements
For more resources be sure to check out the Māori subject guide.