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Illustrated Non-Fiction

Ki Mua, Ki Muri: 25 Years of Toioho ki Āpiti

nā Cassandra Barnett & Kura Te Waru-Rewiri

Cassandra: Raukawa | Kura: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Kauwhata
Written in English
Published by: Massey University Press
This richly illustrated publication examines the last 25 years of the influential Toioho ki Apiti programme at Massey University, its global indigenous pedagogical reach, and its ongoing impacts on national and international contemporary art and cultural sectors. Toioho ki Apiti’s transformative and kaupapa Maori-led programme and its pedagogical model is structured around Maori notions of Mana Whakapapa (inheritance rights), Mana Tiriti (treaty rights), Mana Whenua (land rights) and Mana Tangata (human rights) and is unique in Aotearoa. Its staff and graduates, who include Bob Jahnke, Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Rachael Rakena, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri, Israel Birch and Ngatai Taepa, are some of the most exciting, powerful and influential figures in contemporary art in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through a series of intimate conversations, Ki Mua, Ki Muri describes the unique environment that has helped form them. Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Nigel Borell write the forewords.

Ngā Kaihanga Uku: Māori Clay Artists

nā Baye Pewhairangi Riddell

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare
Written in English
Published by: Te Papa Press
The rise of an impressive ceramics movement is one of the more striking developments in contemporary Maori art. Clayworking and pottery firing was an ancient Pacific practice, but the knowledge had largely been lost by the ancestors of Maori before they arrived in Aotearoa. After the national clayworkers’ collective, Nga Kaihanga Uku, was established in 1987, traditional ancestral knowledge and customs and connections with indigenous cultures with unbroken ceramic traditions helped shape a contemporary Maori expression in clay. This book is the first comprehensive overview of Maori claywork, its origins, loss and revival. Richly illustrated, it introduces readers to the practices of the five founders of Nga Kaihanga Uku and also surveys the work of the next generation

Te Rā: The Māori Sail

nā Ariana Tikao rāua ko Mat Tait

Ariana: Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu | Mat: Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Kuia
Written in both te reo Māori and English
Published by: Christchurch Public Art Gallery

Te Rā, which means ‘the sail’ in te reo Māori, is the last remaining customary Māori sail in the world. Woven from harakeke more than 200 years ago, Te Rā has for many years been held in storage at the British Museum in London.

In July 2023, our oldest taonga was once again brought to light as it returned home to Aotearoa. Evocatively written by Ariana Tikao from the point of view of Te Rā and beautifully illustrated by Mat Tait, this book commemorates the homecoming of one of our oldest taonga, and celebrates our past, present and future as New Zealanders.