E Tu Ake: Maori Standing Strong
The latest book from New Zealand’s boutique non-fiction publisher Te Papa Press focuses on Maori as the dignified and courageous guardians of a revitalised culture.
“Other books we’ve published have looked at the items in our Museum’s collections and described the stories behind them,” says publisher Claire Murdoch. “With this book we’re bringing out the living aspects of our culture, and showing how its values are expressed in modern times.”
E Tu Ake: Maori Standing Strong by Huhana Smith is released this week and accompanies an exhibition of the same name. Both came about as a result of a cultural exchange between New Zealand and Japan.
“We had an exhibition here in 2006 called Splendours of Japan: Treasures from the Tokyo National Museum and Mauri Ora: Maori Treasures from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa was exhibited in Japan the following year,” explains Rhonda Paku, Senior Curator at Te Papa. “They were both well received which inspired us to develop Mauri Ora further, giving it a powerful contemporary dimension. E Tu Ake: Maori Standing Strong is the result.”
“We’ve taken the principle of tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) and are illustrating its essence with three key concepts: whakapapa, mana and kaitiakitanga,” says Rhonda.
E Tu Ake: Maori Standing Strong can be purchased from bookstores nationwide or online at www.tepapastore.co.nz
The exhibition can be viewed at Te Papa until 26 June, 2011.
E Tu Ake: Maori Standing Strong by Huhana Smith is published in Aotearoa New Zealand by Te Papa Press, May 2011. RRP NZ$49.99 ISBN: 978-1-877385-69-8
Te Papa Press is New Zealand’s unique museum publisher, creating popular non-fiction books about New Zealand’s art, culture, and natural world for museum visitors and readers everywhere. To see our other books visit www.tepapapress.co.nz
About the author:
Huhana Smith, PhD (Ngati Tukorehe, affiliated to Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga) is a writer, scholar and artist who worked as Senior Curator Maori at Te Papa from 2003 until December 2009. She is currently leading a Maori research team in a major environmental project based in Horowhenua.