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

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By Patricia Grace

Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Release: September 2015

This is the story of the great Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and how he came to compose the haka 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate'. 

Te Rauparaha is pursued across the island by his enemies and he fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance.

As he hears his enemies approach, Te Rauparaha whispers in the dark ‘Will I die?’ Will I live?’.  His enemies cannot find him, and he climbs back to the sunlight.

As he recounts this adventure to his people, his words are repeated and the haka rings out, and is now passed down from generation to generation.

To be available in English and a te reo Maori edition titled 'Whiti Te Ra!', this children's story is the story behind the haka which has become recognisable the world over by being performed by New Zealand teams at national and international rugby events.

ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-207-4

ISBN Maori: 978-1-77550-209-8

RRP: $25.00


By HUIA Publishers

Release: September 2015

Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the 2015 Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers as judged by Witi Ihimaera, Sir Wira Gardiner and Poia Rewi.

The book contains the stories from the finalists for Best Short Story written in English, Best Short Story written in Māori and Best Novel Extract. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

For more than ten years, the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have organised this biennial writing competition to promote Māori stories and writers. The awards and the publication of finalists’ stories have become popular as they celebrate Māori writing and uncover little-known writers.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-204-3

RRP: $30.00


By Helen Leahy

Release: October 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


By Maria Bargh

Release: October 2015

The Māori economy is often defined simply by the contributions of Māori in New Zealand in the areas of farming, fisheries and forestry.

This book explores the ways that Māori in the privatised military industry contribute in monetary and non-monetary ways to the Māori economy. Workers in the privatised military industry very rarely, if ever, give interviews about their work or details about their pay. However, this book includes five interviews with Māori who have worked or are still working in the privatised military industry and explores how they articulate themselves as Māori in the industry, giving a glimpse at this secret world and how Māori operate in it.

Maria Bargh has a doctorate in political science and international relations from the Australian National University and is a senior lecturer in Māori studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She undertakes research and teaches in the areas of Māori politics and economics, and Māori indigenous resource management. She has been a political commentator for several New Zealand general elections.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-197-8

RRP: $45.00


By Danny Keenan

Release: October 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