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


Whispers & Vanities - Samoan Indigenous Knowledge and Religion

Edited by Tamasailau M. Suaalii-Sauni, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Vitolia Mo’a,
Naomi Fuamatu, Upolu Luma Va’ai, Reina Whaitiri and Stephen L. Filipo

Whispers_and_Vanities_draft_web.jpgRelease: October 2014

This collection of essays and selected poetry responds to an address on Samoan religious culture given by Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, to the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

The address challenges some fundamental aspects of and assumptions in modern Samoan indigenous religious culture.

The essays and poetry form a carefully woven critique, from within and outside Samoa, of aspects of Samoa’s religious and cultural values.

There are thirty-eight contributing authors to the collection, including Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, and a diverse range of prominent Pacific and non-Pacific writers, poets, theologians and academics (from theology and religious studies, to sociology, psychology, history and education).

These include Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Vitolia Mo’a, Jenny Plane Te Paa Daniel, Momoe Von Reiche, Paul Morris, Raymond Pelly, Serie Barford, Jione Havea, Upolu Luma Va’ai, Ruperake Petaia, Fonoti Lafitai I. Fuata’i, Bradd Shore, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Toeolesulusulu Damon I. Salesa, Tui Rakuita, Cluny Macpherson and La’avasa Macpherson, Tafea Brandon Polamalu, Anne-Marie Tupuola, Naomi Fuamatu, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Afegaitinooti Jennifer Freeman, Karen I. Lupe, Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard, Vilsoni Hereniko, Teresia K. Teaiwa, Sia Figiel, Reina Whaitiri, Tracey McIntosh, Peseta Noumea Simi, Konai Helu Thaman, Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, Tusiata Avia, Stephen L. Filipo, Anthony J. Kelly, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-160-2

RRP: $45.00


Parekura Horomia - 'Kia Ora Chief' 

KiaOraChief_Draft_web_shd.jpgby Wira Gardiner

Release: December 2014

This biography of Parekura Horomia celebrates the life and achievements of one of New Zealand’s well-known politicians and Māori leaders.

The book is based on interviews with sixty-five of Parekura Horomia’s family, friends and colleagues, and it shares stories about his qualities, abilities and his tireless work.

The personal stories pay tribute to his leadership and ability to be equally comfortable with and work with common people and those in positions of power. The stories build a picture of this man with a large heart and huge commitment and give insights into little-known parts of his life.

The Author

Wira Gardiner has had careers in the army, public service and as a writer.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the army, he took up leadership and establishment roles in the public service, being the founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, the first general manager of the Iwi Transition Agency and the founding chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. He has also headed several groups, including being chairman of Te Mangai Paho, deputy chairman of The Māori Fisheries Trust and Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and chairman of the board of Te Papa Tongarewa. He was knighted for his services to Māori.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-162-6

RRP: $45.00



Keys / Ngā Kī

Keys_eng_draft_shad.jpgBy Sacha Cotter, illustrations by Josh Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Release: December 2014

In this picture book, as Dad tucks his daughter into bed, he tells her fantastically imaginative stories about the keys on his key ring and what they unlock – from a zippenburger that takes him to work, to a rocket to collect space noodles, a treasure box in the jungle, a chocolate biscuit factory where he taste tests all the biscuits, and a paddock where he rides a woolly mammoth that only eats yellow food.

A great story for the imagination from new author Sacha Cotter, the title will be available in English and te reo Māori editions.

Sacha Cotter is a library assistant with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, and she has taught in New Zealand and Spain. She has completed several film courses, and her screenplay Wasabi Peas was a semi-finalist in the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2013. This is Sacha’s first book.

ISBN (Eng): 978-1-77550-161-9

ISBN (Maori): 978-1-77550-164-0

RRP: $20.00