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


HUIA is proud to announce the special release in late June of four beautiful, informative books on important aspects of Māori culture published in a compact (160 x 250mm), 48-page format. Produced in association with the NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, Rotorua, these books are ideal for those wanting to know more contemporary detail about Māori culture.


Māori Carving - The Art of Recording Māori HistoryCarving_Cover_v5_shd.jpg

By HUIA Publishers

Release: June 2015

Carving is an ancient art form that has been passed down from generation to generation. Developed long before Māori took up writing, carving records genealogy, establishes a tribe’s identity, records historical events, preserves stories and communicates Māori knowledge.

This photograph-rich book shows and describes the process of carving, covering the types of materials and tools used, the carving strokes and surface patterns and different regional styles. It shows the range of items carved from meeting houses to musical instruments, waka or canoes, storehouses, weapons and ceremonial items, such as boxes and staffs, and gives detailed information on the carving of wharenui or meeting houses – the epitome of the carver’s art.

Information is given on how to read and understand a carving, looking in depth at parts of carvings and what to look for in elements such as the head, arms and hands of figures and the surface patterns used. The patterns and body styles are described and accompanied by detailed photographs that make identification of the elements easy.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-191-6

RRP: $20.00


Māori Weaving - The Art of Creating Māori TextilesWeaving_Cover_v5_shd.jpg

By HUIA Publishers

Release: June 2015

Since their ancestors arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand and discovered the useful properties of harakeke (New Zealand flax), Māori have used flax leaves to create baskets, mats, housing materials, clothing and cords, ropes and fishing nets. In weaving and the patterns used, Māori record their histories and stories, passing on their culture, genealogy, values and beliefs, weaving together people and communities.

In this book, the text and detailed photographs show the steps in selecting, preparing and weaving flax. The origins of weaving are described, and images show the traditional and contemporary uses of weaving, the intricate patterns and the beauty of the finished products, including mats, baskets, cloaks, piupiu and art works using flax and modern fibres such as plastic, wire, ribbon and paper.

Through the book, Māori traditional stories and concepts about weaving are told, giving a rich picture of the place of weaving in Māori culture.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-192-3

RRP: $20.00


Marae - The Heart of Māori CultureMarae_Cover_v6_shd.jpg

By HUIA Publishers

Release: June 2015

Marae are unique places where Māori culture is expressed and upheld. They are repositories of genealogy, provide a sense of pride for Māori as symbols of identity and are vibrant places where people experience authentic Māori culture.

This book is a comprehensive, concise guide to the marae, including the space and how it is arranged, the buildings on a marae, the functions of and gatherings held at marae, and the cultural understandings and values underpinning marae custom and protocol. The photographs and text work together to clearly identify the buildings on the marae, the constituent parts of buildings and features, such as woven panels and carvings, and the events held at marae and roles people have.

There is a step-by-step guide to a pōwhiri, or welcome ceremony, showing and describing what happens, the people involved, what they do, and the beliefs and meanings behind the ceremony. There is also a close look at the outside and inside of a wharenui, or meeting house, showing each of the elements and features that make it up. Māori cultural concepts are explained and discussed and a glossary of Māori terms is provided.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-194-7

RRP: $20.00


Geothermal Treasures - Māori Living with Heat and SteamGeothermal_shd.jpg

By HUIA Publishers

Release: June 2015

Natural geothermal phenomena – geysers, hot springs and mud pools – have drawn people to the thermal region of New Zealand for years. Locals and tourists are captivated by the beauty and magic of bubbling mud, steam and hot water gushing from the earth. New Zealand’s world-class geothermal resource is a source of energy, a tourist attraction and a treasure of great historical, cultural, spiritual and economic importance for Māori.

In this book, Māori traditional stories, understandings and history stand alongside geothermal science in an exploration of the thermal phenomena of the Volcanic Plateau. Beautiful photographs show the hot pools, rising steam, geysers, bubbling mud and thermal formations that visitors see, and the text provides information about the natural history of the area, its formation and its significance to Māori.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-193-0

RRP: $20.00


Meariki - The Quest for Truth

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Meariki - Te Rapunga i te Pono

by Helen Pearse-Otene

Illustrations by Andrew Burdan

Release: Delayed from May to June 2015

Meariki is a slave to the people of Ngāi Kūwai and must obey the chief and look after his only daughter, Hineamuru. When Hineamuru is abducted by a warlock, Meariki and Pēhi, a young warrior and Hineamuru’s lover, go on a hazardous journey to rescue Hineamuru. Pēhi is brave but arrogant, while Meariki is clever and resourceful, and the success of the journey rests on her. At each incident in the adventure, Pēhi and Meariki uncover hidden truths, and Meariki comes to realise that in saving Hineamuru, she will also reveal her own true destiny.

The author
Helen Pearse-Otene (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui) is a writer and acting tutor. She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has performed throughout Aotearoa and overseas with Māori theatre productions, including Waiora (by Hone Kouka), Purapurawhetū (by Briar Grace-Smith) and her own play The Battalion.

ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-171-8

ISBN Māori: 978-1-77550-189-3

RRP: $25.00


Arohanui - The Revenge of they FeyArohanui_Eng_shd.jpg

Arohanui - Te Utu a Ngāi Parehe

by Helen Pearse-Otene

Illustrations by Andrew Burdan

Release: Delayed from May to June 2015

Part of The Matawehi Fables series, this graphic novel is a story of two hostile tribes: one thriving, the other starving and forced to enter into a hard bargain to survive. In the midst of the conflict, two lovers from opposing tribes, Kāhu and Kuratawhiti, plan to bring their warring tribes together through their marriage. But tragedy looms as Kāhu defends his beloved Kuratawhiti against his treasured sister, Mira, who unleashes a lifetime of rage on Kuratawhiti and her people.

 

ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-166-4

ISBN Māori:  978-1-77550-190-9

RRP: $25.00