Ruka Broughton

Ngaa mahi whakaari a Tiitokowaru (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 1993, Ruka Alan Broughton’s book on Ngāti Ruanui leader Tiitokowaru is one of a small number of histories or biographies written in te reo Māori.

Ngaa mahi whakaari a Tiitokowaru draws upon a wide range of Māori oral literature and is complemented by commentary and oral testimony provided to Ruka Alan Broughton in his youth by contemporaries of Tiitokowaru, a man whose place in the history of Aotearoa is legendary. This comprehensive work covers many facets of the life of Tiitokowaru, from his genealogy to his roles as a warrior, chief, tohunga and passive protestor.

This new edition of Ngaa mahi whakaari a Tiitokowawu 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

Nga kōrero a Reweti Kohere mā

Mohi Turei: Āna tuhinga i roto i te reo Maori

Rangiāhuta Alan Herewini Ruka Broughton (Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui) was a tohunga, Anglican priest, and university lecturer. He was born in Whanganui in 1940 and known as Ruka Broughton. In 1978 he began work as a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, and together with Hirini Mead and Wiremu Parker he was influential in establishing a marae on the campus in 1985. He was an officiating tohunga at the opening of the exhibition Te Māori in New York. He completed an MA in 1979 with a thesis on Ngā Rauru presented entirely in the Taranaki dialect of te reo Māori. His thesis on Tītokowaru was published posthumously in 1993 as Ngaa Mahi Whakaari a Tiitokowaru.

Cover design: Tane Morris

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