Last of Song of Waitaha.

Dear friends,

Seasons greeting to all on farewelling the old and welcoming the new. And with that is this news that in fact there are few remaining copies of Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation, left. In fact we are down to the last 200. This means as well that the set of Song and Whispers is only possible to purchase while the Song is available. There is no vision to reprint Song in the future.

Please advise others of this should you know anyone wanting to purchase Song of Waitaha as a set or individually. Once the word is out that this is the last opportunity to purchase this unique taonga they will go very quickly.

 

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Waitaha Books and Artworks Event

This weekend marked the 24th anniversary of the birth of Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation and subsequent launch of this taonga 6 years later ie. 18 years ago. Because of these passed significant dates to the ‘rebirth’ of Waitaha we decided it a most appropriate date to open this art space.

Mokoroa is the name given to this special space. Mokoroa speaks of the long patterns and the memory held within. There are two lintels carrying the name of Mokoroa.

This one is at the entrance and the other is at the doorway to the space.

The Christchurch earthquake of February 2010 destroyed the art gallery of Rua Pick (www.ruapick.cv.net.nz). He had been there 16 years. Rua now lives in Whitecliffs with his partner. They managed to salvage most of his artwork which are now stored in containers.

He continues to produce magnificent works from the sanctuary of the Whitecliffs Valley. But he did not have a place to show his work.

However two grandmothers who live in the area came up with the idea of creating a mini space in the back of a garage for Rua to show his work in conjunction with a point of contact for the Waitaha Books. And so work began. For two weeks there was frantic scraping and painting cleaning and scrubbing not to mention carving and landscaping, TV interviews, radio and newspaper interviews all in preparation for the opening of this special space to show the Waitaha books and artworks.

After a week of extreme weather Saturday Dec. 8 dawned clear and mild with the blessing of the Snow Maiden and the Mist Maiden. A small group of  people assembled at the waharoa for the powhiri to begin and so it was. A most inspiring morning was had by all.

Rua Pick standing at the gateway to the gallery.

The artworks shown are some of the original illustrations of the grandmothers book, Whispers of Waitaha. And the visitors were able to view the art and hear the stories in context.

An extract was read from Whispers with regard to one of the pieces in particular, the one of the waka and the significance of the waka being named to grandmothers and the symbolisim of such.

The Special Edition of Whispers is also available. It is presented in a ‘waka huia’ which has the tohu/symbol of the Tuatara carved on the lid and inlaid with paua. The timber it is made of is Totara, Kauri and Kahikatea, all especially gifted for the purpose.  The book is bound in a beautiful blue leather and the title is inlaid with silver lettering. They are an exquisitely beautiful taonga and a very limited number of 50 were made. Only forty are  available for purchase.

Jenny Haworth catching up with Makere about the Frankfurt Book Fair. There is interest from a publishing company in Germany to translate Whispers of Waitaha into German. Song of Waitaha is also translated into German by Winfried Altmann and was published in 2003.

Appointments to view the artworks and the books can be made through phone number 03.3182.638.

Posted on December 12th, 2012 | | 3 Comments »

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest literary event in the world. Each year there is a country of focus and this year it was New Zealand. Jenny Haworth of Wily Publishing, Christchurch chose 12 books specifically from Canterbury to show at this prestigous fair. With the focus on New Zealand at the Frankfurt Book Fair this has generated record breaking rights sales for New Zealand writers and publishers. And so Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation and Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation featured and was the most popular on the stand. We are very proud of this as it had always been the dream for the books to attend this fair. Interestingly the German translation of Song of Waitaha was also there with Drachan Verlag publishing house of Germany.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

 

Here are photos of the books at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012. Jenny Haworth is wearing green and the other woman is Astrid Reis who is one of our friends in Germany.

Posted on November 11th, 2012 | | 2 Comments »

Aroha mai, aroha atu.

First sighting.August 16 2012 dawned clear and cool in Tamaki ma Kaurau, Auckland. We waited on the brow of te Maunga Uika, North Head, for the first glimpse of nga waka hourua, the double hulled waka who left these shores in April, 2011.

We strained our eyes against the silver hued waters of the Wai te mata harbour until to our delight we saw the first speck of the first waka hourua returning. We waited with baited breathe in fact hardly daring to breathe. Slowly but surely she came down the harbour. The excitement was palpable among the small group gathered to witness this magnificent event, the return of two of the waka hourua who began that journey as a fleet of 7 in 2011.

Closer and closer she came until we could distinguish that she was Haunui and then to our delight she came in close to the headland. The voices of welcome rang out to greet them accompanied by the sound of the conch shell. A special moment in time. A re enactment in fact as this was the place that they stood to watch the arrival of waka in times long passed.

Closer and closer.Two double hulled waka came in from the original fleet that completed this amazing feat of sailing 140,000 nautical miles on this journey of connecting and reconnection under the mantle of aroha and peace, involving teaching the young people who sailed with the fleet the ancient art of celestial navigation, connecting with our whanaunga/relations of the great ocean of Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean out across and through to Turtle Island, North and South America, back through the Pacific Islands and right across to the Solomon Islands where the project ‘finished’ and the 7 waka then sailed home to their islands of Samoa, Rarotonga, Fiji, Hawaii and Aotearoa

Haunui led the fleet in, followed by Te Matau a Maui,  Okeonas was the third waka to arrive. She is an extension of this project in that she was built to operate as a cargo and passenger vessel in the Vanuatu islands. Such is the dream for all of the Pacific Island groups, ie. to use this style of vessel as the transport systems which run efficiently on fresh air, as they do not need fossil fuels to run them. This fleet is the only fleet in the world which use this ancient technology of utilising the energy of the elements, wind, sun, stars, moon, tides, and the birds, and animals of the sea are their tracking systems so to speak. The Evahoe is the support vessel/yacht which accompanied the waka throughout the journey also sailed in with them and later that night the Tahitian waka named Fa’afetai came in.

Yes an amazing feat and sadly there was not a word of it in the mainstream media, except for TV3 and they did a wonderful news item of some minutes. The waka were received with much aroha from friends and family who were there to meet them.

The crews of these waka wanted to arrive in time to send out another two waka hourua to Rapanui, Easter Island. So the following day we all gathered at the Viaduct to witness another historical event unfold.

This has been the dream of Hector Busby who built the  waka hourua , Te Aurere which has made many many journeys through the Pacific Islands, connecting and reconnecting with our relations. His dream was to sail the legge from Aotearoa to Rapanui/Easter Island thereby closing or completing the ‘Polynesian Triangle’. He built a sister ship to Te Aurere named after his late wife, ‘Nga Hiraka mai Tawhitinui. Together they set sail for Rapanui leaving August 17 after a huge send off.  This voyage is called Te Waka Tapu. They are currently on the water having made their first land fall on route to Rapanui at one of the small islands of French Polynesia. Google Te Waka Tapu for regular updates of their voyage.

Haere atu ra Nga Hiraka Tawhitimai nui.Through these magnificent projects, Te Mana o te Moana and Waka Tapu the people of the Pacific including Aotearoa are reclaiming who we are by travelling the sea trails of our ancestors. At the same time we are connecting deeply to the element of Tangaroa, the waters. With that is the responsibility of respect and caring for our waters, both within and those on which we travel. The ocean is our second breathe. We must promote the concept of caretakership of all that we do with and on the waters.

Waitaha speaks of the need to keep our waters still within to be at Peace. To maintain optimum health we need to be mindful of what we eat and drink. So it is with the ocean and all waters. We are responsible for how clean the waters are. We are responsible for the food that we collect from the waters. We must keep our waters clean. We must keep the waters within the land and the oceans clean. It is as simple as that. Aroha mai, aroha atu.  Love is reciprocal, flowing in and flowing out.

 

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 | | No Comments »

Waitaha taonga special release

Tena koe

The stories of Waitaha linger and seem to float on the breeze like the long threads of spiderwebs that the Grandmothers speak about in Whispers of Waitaha p.77.

Listen to hear the stories, look to see the patterns of the land that our beloved ancestors sought and lived by. They left the legacy of Peace for all who stand still long enough to sense, feel acknowledge and recognise it.

It is time to pick up this precious taonga/gift of Peace, for the sake of our children and grandchildren. It is time to relearn how to live in harmony with all the realms we are blessed to live alongside and within.

Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation and Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation are the Grandfather and Grandmother stories of this land and contain many wisdoms and teachings for these amazing  and sometimes overwhelming times we now live in. The dignity and grace of these stories resonate with all who seek peace and a gentle way of living with our beloved Mother Earth, Papatuanuku.

Wharariki Publishing Ltd is proud to offer a limited number of both Song of Waitaha and Whispers of Waitaha for $50.00 + $7.50 GST = $57.50 + postage and packaging. This offer is for a limited time only.

Order online now in time for a special gift for Christmas, a birthday, equinox celebrations or just to have close.

Ordering one book will cost $14.00 for postage and packaging.

Ordering two books will cost $19.00 for postage and packaging.

For those who wish to pay by cheque post to Wharariki Publishing Ltd., P.O. Box 14, Darfield, 7541, Canterbury.

Toku awa ko toku ora, my river is my life

Toku awa ko toku mana, my river is my authority

Toku awa ko toku kaha, my river is my strength

Toku awa ko toku wairua, my river is my spirit.

Mauri ora,

Makere Aroha Anikaitawa – Ngati Te Whiti te hapu, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Tama, Kurawaka te hapu, Waitaha.

Wharariki Publishing Ltd.

 

 

 

Posted on October 20th, 2011 | | No Comments »