Proverbs (or whakatauki) express the wisdom, wit and commonsense of the Maori people. They are of great value and inspiration to writers, story-tellers and anyone speaking in a Maori setting. Several hundred proverbs are contained in The Raupo Book of Maori Proverbs, categorised under a large number of diverse headings, with translations and explanations in English. This comprehensive and dependable book serves as both a useful reference and an insight into values of the Maori.
These 50 interesting and entertaining projects are designed to teach beginners the basic skills of the Maori craft of plaiting. Fun with Flax shows how to make items ranging from a simple windmill, a dart and a whistle to more complex puzzles, balls, birds, fish and even a caterpillar.
Originally published in 1963 (and reprinted every two to three years until the early 1980s), with a second edition published in 2002, the book has been edited and updated by Buddy Mikaere and repackaged with an attractive new softcover. The text is arranged in alphabetical entries that cover agriculture, fishing, gardening, hunting, games, building, craft, forest lore and ceremony - all the major elements of pre-European Maori life.
Buddy Mikaere provides a highly readable historical overview of Maori in New Zealand and goes on to examine the impact of a changing urban world on the traditional way of life. Customs observed in formal situations, where people meet and greet one another, are described in detail, as is the tradition of burial. Photographs drawn from various sources, both historical and current, give a vivid impression of Maori traditions.
The 'Educard' provides diagrams that are easily understood as to how whakapapa works. The cd gives a good overview of what whakapapa is and reasons for its use, in particular the inter-relationship between people and 'other life sources'.
Do women have the right to speak on a marae? How should one respond to the wero? Who speaks first and last during whai korero? When do the manuhiri present their koha to the tangata whenua? These and many other questions are answered in this invaluable introduction Maori protocol. Hiwi and Pat Tauroa outline the sequence of events beginning when visitors arrive at the gates of a marae and ending with their departure.