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Quality of the Books

The decision to release some of the wisdoms and teachings of the Waitaha Nation was transformative. There was much discussion as to where it would be printed etc. Because this was the first time for these teachings to be shared there was much ceremony involved with each step of the production of the books. This involved all of the staff at the printers and binders. Many sleepless nights were involved with some people sleeping beside the machines for the first stages of the printing of Song of Waitaha.
The whole books are produced here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Such was the dedication to this project. This was the first time for these stories to be shared to this extent and therefore worthy of deep ceremonial proceedures to birth the books into the World of Light in written form. Even the font was especially designed for them. The paper is the only import and that is because New Zealand does not produce paper of the quality required for books. Japan was chosen because of the quality of the paper they are renowned to produce. This paper is reputedly to last 100 years without showing signs of discolouration or deteriotation. The same paper was used for the Whispers of Waitaha.
And so Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation and Whispers of Waitaha:Traditions of a Nation are books of great quality physically and were produced with deep respect through ceremonials and rituals which add to their unique authenticity. Wyatt and Wilson of Christchurch were the printers.

Posted on March 17th, 2010 | Filed under: , | No Comments »

Whispers of Waitaha:Traditions of a Nation wins Silver Award

Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation won a Silver Award in the Nautilus Book Awards 2008. This is a prestigous American literary  award created by Marilyn McGuire. Many well known authors like Deepak Chopra submit their books to this event Her motto is ‘Changing the world one book at a time’.

Makere Ruka Te Korako (co author of Whispers of Waitaha and Song of Waitaha); Marilyn McGuire (founder of Nautilus Book Awards); Shawnee (assistant)

I was blessed to be able to attend the Book Expo America held in Los Angelas in May 2008 where the winners in all the categories were invited to be present for book signing opportunities. It was a whirl wind event   during which the message of  Peace was able to be conveyed to a wide international audience. It was a pleasure to meet this quietly passionate woman Marilyn McGuire and to thank her for honouring the wisdoms of the Grandmothers of Waitaha.

Makere with Paddy and Kathy Ryan Pacific Island Books, U.S. distributors of our books.

Posted on February 10th, 2010 | Filed under: , | No Comments »

Song of Waitaha 21 Years On…

December 10 is a very significant date in this modern age in terms of the Waitaha Nation.

I will go back to the beginning. In the mid 1980’s a decision was made by a senior elder of the time here in Te Waipounamu. Because of the pain of the people and the lands he decided that the time had come for the philosophy of Waitaha to be brought back into the World of Light, Te Ao Marama, ‘to heal the people and to heal the land’ because Waitaha are a people of Peace and adhere to the philosophy of Rongomaraeroa, keeper of all things peaceful, truth and aroha, compassion.

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Posted on December 1st, 2009 | Filed under: , | 3 Comments »