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Keep an eye out for the latest HUIA releases over the next few months:


By Helen Leahy

Release: November 2015

This biography of Tariana Turia sees family members, iwi leaders, social justice advocates and politicians share their experiences of this remarkable woman.

While parliament was not part of her life plan, Tariana Turia was involved in many community initiatives. A turning point came in 1995, when Tariana’s leadership was evident in the reoccupation of Pakaitore. Here was a woman with the courage to care, the determination to speak up and a deep commitment to whānau. Inevitably, she was invited to stand in the 1996 general election. In her eighteen years as an MP, she advanced thinking in the disability area, advocated for tobacco reform and spoke out about sexual abuse, violence and racism. She also led the Whānau Ora initiative.

In 2004, she crossed the floor, leading to the birth of the Māori Party.

Helen Leahy is specialist advisor for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu/Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency). She was formerly ministerial advisor and Chief of Staff of the Māori Party, and during the 2014 general election, she was national secretary for the Māori Party.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-163-3

RRP: $45.00


Edited by Melani Anae with Lautofa (Ta) Iuli and Leilani Burgoyne

Release: November 2015

Polynesian Panthers records the Pacific rights and social activist movement in New Zealand, told by those who were there.

Forming in 1971, the Polynesian Panthers sought to raise consciousness and took action in response to the racism and discrimination Pacific peoples faced in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Panthers organised prison visit programmes and sporting and debating teams for inmates; provided a halfway-house service for young men released from prison; ran homework centres; and offered ‘people’s loans’, legal aid and food banks that catered for 600 families at their height.

Drawing on interviews, memoirs, poetry, newspaper articles and critical analysis, Polynesian Panthers is a thought-provoking account of this period in New Zealand.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-205-0

RRP: $40.00

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By Albert Wendt

Release: November 2015

A dynamic group has emerged in Auckland whose members refer to themselves as the Tribe.

Mainly Polynesian, they grow up together, rise from poverty and become successful professionals, bound by love and fierce loyalty. At the centre, is Aaron, who lives at the edge of danger, shady dealings and self-destruction.

When Daniel, receives a call in Hawaii telling him that Aaron has been killed, he returns to New Zealand, and steps into the most dangerous crisis the Tribe has faced. They must confront the truth about who Aaron is and what they, as the Tribe, have become, and also face the infidelity and greed that threaten the cohesion of the Tribe.

Albert Wendt is one of New Zealand’s and the Pacific’s major writers. He has published numerous novels and collections of poetry and short stories, and he has edited several anthologies of Pacific writing. He has been awarded many literary prizes, the most recent being the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-210-4

RRP: $35.00


By Danny Keenan

Release: December 2015

This is an account of the life and times of Te Whiti o Rongomai set against the politics and Crown policies of the nineteenth century. It traces the forces that shaped his life’s journey from Ngāmotu, where he was born, to his settling at Parihaka and his evolving sense of the injustices and disempowerment Māori experienced and his response to these.

The book discusses the struggles Te Whiti had, as understood by some of his living relatives, against native policy of the time, and it gives insights into the motivations of Te Whiti and his actions. 

It explores the community at Parihaka, its resistance and the consequences of this and looks at Māori and government actions and responses up to the present day.

Danny Keenan (Ngāti Te Whiti Ahi Kā, Te Ātiawa) has a PhD in history from Massey University. He has worked in the Department of Māori Affairs and is a former senior lecturer in Māori/New Zealand history at Massey University, Palmerston North. He was visiting Fulbright professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 2009. He is now a full-time writer, and most recently, he has written Terror in Our Midst? Searching for Terror in Aotearoa New Zealand and was the editor of HUIA Histories of Māori.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-195-4

RRP: $45.00

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By Ray Harlow

Release: December 2015

Based on a third-year university course Ray Harlow taught for a number of years, this grammar reference book is intended for people whose knowledge of Māori is at that level or higher – advanced learners, native speakers and teachers of Māori.

The book provides explanations and examples of all the important sentence types of modern Māori. It guides readers progressively from the simple to the more complicated, starting with words and particles, proceeding through simple clauses and sentences to transformations of these and to complex sentences with elaborate internal structure.

Ray Harlow was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Waikato and was a foundation member of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, The Māori Language Commission. He taught Māori grammar at undergraduate and master’s levels and has had forty years’ study of the Māori language, particularly the structure, relationship to other Polynesian languages, and language maintenance and development issues.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-203-6

RRP: $45.00

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Edited by Mere Kēpa, Marilyn McPherson and Linitā Manuʻatu

Release: December 2015

This is a collection of twelve academic essays that consider understandings of home and the impact of dominant societies on indigenous societies and their homes. The book covers home and language preservation, homelessness, retention of land, tobacco use in the home, loss of home through trauma and natural disaster, ageing and health, and the meaning of home.

This is the third book in the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Edited Collections series. Previous titles include vol. 1 Māori and Social Issues and vol. 2 The Value of the Māori Language.

Mere Kēpa is a researcher on Te Puāwaitanga o ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Marilyn Brewin (Te Rarawa and Te Aupōuri) is a senior research fellow with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. From 2004 to 2011, Marilyn was research – programme leader at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Linitā Manuʻatu is a migrant from the Kingdom of Tonga. She is a senior lecturer in education at AUT University. Prior to that, she was a teacher of science, mathematics, economics, and English and Tongan to international migrants.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-208-1

RRP: $45.00


by Dr Chellie Spiller, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho

Release: December 2015

This book presents a new way of leading by looking to traditional waka navigators or wayfinders for the skills and behaviours needed in modern leaders. It takes readers on a journey into wayfinding and leading, discussing principles of wayfinding philosophy, giving examples of how these have been applied in businesses and communities, and providing action points for readers to practise and reflect on the skills they are learning.

Dr Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer and Associate Dean Māori and Pacific at The University of Auckland Business School. She has over 30 years’ corporate experience in tourism, finance and marketing and has held senior executive positions in New Zealand and overseas. Reflections on Authentic Leadership, which she co-edited with Donna Ladkin, was a top 10 leadership book of 2013 in the University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Awards.

John Panoho (Te Parawhau, Te Uri Roroi, Ngāti Whātua, ko Ngāi Tawake ki te Moana, Te Honihoni nā Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu) was in the Police for 19 years, attaining the rank of detective sergeant. Since then, he has worked to develop cultural tourism ventures that are sustainable and offer authentic engagement with Māori. He also has co-developed and co-delivered Māori-values-based leadership, team building and cultural competency programmes nationally and internationally.

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui) is captain of the oceangoing waka Haunui and has sailed the Pacific for 35 years. He paddles, sails and teaches waka, and his master’s research investigated how the waka is a symbol of mana in the 21st century. He was lecturer at Waikato University for more than 19 years, and recently, he has focused on education and leadership programmes that use waka to facilitate learning.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-211-1

RRP: $45.00