A History of Ngati Kahungunu
Handsome new edition of major tribal history
is available from tomorrow
One of the pillars of Maori tribal history will be published tomorrow in a new hardback edition.
Takitimu, which was originally published in 1944, tells the story of the Takitimu canoe’s migration from the Pacific Islands to Aotearoa, and of the descendants born in New Zealand who became Ngati Kahungunu – the peoples centred around the Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa who now make up New Zealand’s third-largest iwi.
Author J.H. Mitchell (Tiaki Hikawera Mitira) died shortly after Takitimu was released, and bequeathed royalties from the work towards a scholarship for graduating students at Wairoa College.
Libro International publisher Peter Dowling worked with the trustees of the J.H. Mitchell Takitimu Memorial Scholarship Trust, led by Wairoa’s Deputy Mayor Denise Eaglesome-Karekare, on the new edition – and will continue to pay royalties to the scholarship fund.
The 2014 book is a facsimile edition that preserves the original contents, with the quality hardback binding and a brilliant new jacket that befit a work of this mana.
Takitimu will keep this important history available to a new generation of descendants. It is available through all good booksellers nationwide.
Release Date: 23 October 2014 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-72 | RRP $80
Hardback, 240 x 150 mm, 312 pages, b&w with photo and whakapapa sections