TAKA KIRO WAI –He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho by Keri KAA


TAKA KIRO WAI –
He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho

Author Keri KAA

Artist Martin D PAGE
 
This Māori language, 59 page picture book is an amazing compilation of story, artwork and photography, decorated and enhanced with examples of Māori weaving and carving patterns.
Publisher Tania was kind enough to relate the story to me in English (I am not bilingual) which I can summarise for you. As a Māori reader, you will get more out of the book than I can, so bear with me.
It is the true story of a rural home, surrounded by farmland, in the area of Ngati Porou, on which after an extremely rainy stormy night, the woman of the house looking out her window realises her mare is in difficulties. On closer investigation, she sees the mare has foaled overnight. The foal is still trapped in the birth sac, and in such deep water the mare cannot assist it to break free.
Friends come to help; they drag the foal onto higher ground, wrap it in a blanket with the hopes of saving the exhausted foal, who is very cold after being submerged in water. The mare is incapable of anything, so exhausted is she after birthing in the night and struggling in the flooded paddock. 
The mare has shared her paddock with a pig, and is used to its smell. The pig comes to the foal, and tears open the birth sac. It licks then rubs against the foal, for so long it tires and drops to rest in exhaustion. It returns to the foal and now starts treading with its forelegs on its back, until finally the foal comes alive. The mare returns, and coaxes the foal to stand and feed.
This book is a strong mixture of the expertise of the story teller and of the illustrator. Every page has its own significance to te tikanga Māori, to rural communities, and to – especially – spell-bound children.
The publishers have assured me there is a solid intention to produce an English language version in the future. I will happily announce that here when it happens.

Translations of the front cover (thanks to publisher Tania)…
Main Title – Taka Kiro Wai = Fell in the water
Sub-title – He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho = A story about a horse

(Yellow circle sub-subtitle – He Kōrero Pūrākau Tūturu Tēnei = This is a true story

ISBN  978-0-473-18406-3 paperback
Publication 2013 by Tania&Martin, Rotorua NZ.
Book is to be launched 22nd November,
and can be purchased via 
www.taniaandmartin.com/shop

Illustrations here are photographs I took of the review copy I read,
and in no way do justice to the book’s Real art.

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TE RAKAU WHAKAPAPA – The Generation Stick – a story of courage


Te Rakau Whakapapa – The Generation Stick – a story of courage

Author Wikitoria Dansey

 
Te Rakau Whakapapa is a multi generational story of historical fiction, set in what is now known as the Bay of Plenty NZ, home of the Arawa and Mataatua peoples, depicts events typical of tikanga Māori, especially of te Arawa related and visiting tribes.
Each generation experiences the cycles of life (birth, marriage, death), crops and food gathering, illness and traditional remedies, intertribal war or trade, and interaction by later generations with European explorers, missionaries or settlers.
Ms Dansey has worked meticulously to balance fiction with accuracy when writing of people, customs, sonngs, rites of passage – while interspersing te Rēo Māori within the text. She has woven a story of a family line’s world of home, war, trade, trickery and love.
It is a literary piece, not light reading, but is comfortable to read, and fascinating to follow the family’s generations. I imagine readers of te Rēo, younger generation of tangata whenua, students of Māori literature and legend and those of Te Arawa and Mataatua finding this as a tāonga.

Published September 2013, Printer Dudfield Bryce, Rotorua New Zealand
ISBN 978-0-473-25602-9 (paperback)

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