The first paperback edition of this classic A.W. Reed title remains true to the original vision - to create a highly accessible reference to the traditional life and customs of Maori. Taonga Tuku Iho translates to 'treasures from the past that have been handed down to us'. This superb resource of information about early Maori is now available to a wider audience. Originally published in 1963 (and reprinted every two to three years until the early 1980s), with a second edition published in 2002, the book has been edited and updated ... read more
For hundreds of years, rival Maori tribes fought to possess the Auckland region. So it became known as Tamaki-makau-rau, 'Tamaki of a hundred lovers' -- a much-sought after place. Here David Simmons extends his earlier account of the many traditions and legends of the Auckland isthmus to its wider context -- the countryside beyond. This greatly expanded version of his original 'Maori Auckland' (1987) also explores the traditional history of surrounding places in Manukau and Waikato, the Kaipara and Mahurangi coasts, and the islands... read more
The Raupo Phrasebook of Modern Maori is the most up-to-date, versatile and relevant resource for using Maori language in everyday life. Whether you're a novice or emergent speaker of te reo Maori, or a complete beginner, you'll learn useful phrases for: The home; The marae; The workplace; Meeting and greeting; Eating and drinking; Days, months, seasons and weather; Counting and learning; Travel and directions; Playing sports; Having fun and socialising. And so much more! The phrasebook also covers dialects, grammar and pronunciatio... read more
Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, Maori Art and Design takes a fresh look at the Maori visual arts, with an emphasis not so much on the history of craft as on the design itself. Covering tattooing, drawing and painting, carving and weaving, the book explores the origination, evolution, and significance of the designs, and also explains the materials and techniques used to create them. The book is illustrated throughout with a mix of black-and-white and colour photography, representing the full range of artefacts from hist... read more
Previously published by Reed, this is a new, fully-revised 2009 edition. The Raupō Pocket Dictionary of Modern Māori is a portable reference source for speakers of English and Māori at all levels. Fully revised by the author there are more than 20,000 entries divided into Māori-English and English-Māori sections. It includes - The most frequently used words in both languages. - A guide to Māori grammar and pronunciation. - A list of common phrases in Māori. - A map of tribal areas, helpful for understanding linguistic variat... read more
Once there was a kuia who made mats and baskets.In the corner of her kitchen lived a spider who made webs.
First published in 1981 this picture book by Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa is now a classic.
A wonderful teacher's resource - it accurately illustrates Maori cultural practices such as weaving, gathering food, making music - and clearly portrays the close-knit family connection between a kuia and her grandchildren. First published 1981.
These 50 interesting and entertaining projects are designed to teach beginners the basic skills of the Maori craft of plaiting. Fun with Flax shows how to make items ranging from a simple windmill, a dart and a whistle to more complex puzzles, balls, birds, fish and even a caterpillar. Each project is described one step at a time with easy-to-follow line drawings and instructions. All are fun and will delight children and adults with their ingenuity, their beauty and the amusement they provide. This book is ideal for kohanga reo, p... read more
When Manata goes missing from her village, her people discover that she has been kidnapped by a giant. Her lover, Matakauri, sets off to rescue her, knowing that his people will never be safe until the giant is killed. While the giant sleeps, Matakauri builds a fire around him. But what will happen when the fire is lit? This is a beautiful retelling of the legend of how one of New Zealand's great lakes came to be.
Maui the trickster wants to know what will happen if he puts out all the fires in his pa. When his people wake they are very angry and Maui must go to the volcano to visit Mahuika, the goddess of fire. Peter Gossage's superbly retold stories of Maui are now New Zealand classics.
Rona is charged with the important task of making food ready for her family when they return from a fishing trip. As night falls, she uses the moon to light her way. But when the moon slides behind a cloud she becomes angry and a curse sprays from her mouth. The moon does not take her curse lightly ...
This book was first published in 1946 as Myths and Legends of Maoriland, and subsequently reprinted four times before the second edition was published in 1958, followed by the third edition in 1961. It went on to become one of New Zealand’s most recognised books of the genre, winning an Esther Glen medal for the best children’s book in 1947, and enjoyed considerable popularity in London, New York and Australia. This new edition retains the work of illustrator Dennis Turner and is presented with a stunning new cover base... read more
Maui wonders what it would be like to live forever. He enters the Goddess of Death and discovers stars, heavens and the gods. Missing his people, he is sent home by the highest god, Rehua, who gives him the special gift of being able to transform himself. Peter Gossage's brilliantly illustrated retelling of the traditional Maui saga is set in the Maori concept of the cosmos, heavens and underworlds.