Te Ohorere Kaa and Wiremu Kaa

Mohi Turei: Āna tuhinga i roto i te reo Maori (new edition)

227mm x 155mm
Publication date:
27 June 2024

Available for pre-order only. Available from 27 June 2024

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First published in 1996, Mohi Turei: Āna tuhinga i roto i te reo Maori is the collected writings in te reo Māori of Mohi Turei (circa 1830–1914), Ngāti Porou leader, scholar and Anglican minister.

Mohi Turei is thought to have been born about 1830 and was brought up at Te Kautuku near Rangitukia in the Waiapu district. During the conflicts on the East Coast of the North Island in the 1860s and in the following decades, he became a tribal leader, especially in the Waiapu district, where he lived almost all his life.

Turei was celebrated as a composer of haka, as an orator, as a writer and a notable carver. He was consulted by Samuel Williams and Elsdon Best on Māori traditions and language.

This new edition of Mohi Turei: Āna tuhinga i roto i te reo Maori is one of four new editions of essential reo Māori texts released in 2024 by Te Herenga Waka University Press, in collaboration with Te Takarangi, a national programme celebrating mātauranga Māori through Māori-authored works of non-fiction. The other three titles are:

Apirana Turupa Ngata: Āna tuhinga i te reo Maori

Ngaa mahi whakaari a Tiitokowaru

Nga kōrero a Reweti Kohere mā

Wiremu Kaa was a kaumātua of Ngāti Porou, Tūwhakairiora, Te Whānau a Kahu, Hunaara, Ngāti Hoko, Hinepare, Ngāi Tāne, and Takimoana. He worked as a teacher, civil servant in the Education Department, Māori Education Lecturer at Victoria University, publisher and editor. Wiremu was active in the Anglican Church, and a broadcaster in te reo Māori for Te Upoko o Te Ika Radio.

Jossie Mateohorere (Te Ohorere) Kaa was a Ngāti Porou teacher, editor, writer, and Māori language expert. Over a long career she worked on numerous Māori publications and was also the coordinator for the Ngata Dictionary. She has authored short stories for children under the pen name Oho Kaa and has written levelled readers in Māori as part of the Ngā Kete Kōrero series produced by Huia Publishers.

Together, Jossie and Wiremu worked on the first all-Māori language dictionary, Tirohia Kimihia, with a team from Huia Publishers; this dictionary was a finalist in the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards reference category. They have edited three collections in te reo Māori with Te Herenga Waka University Press, new editions of which are published in 2024.

Cover design: Tane Morris

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