Author(s): Bradford Haami
Published by The Ministry for Culture and Heritage in association with Huia Publishers. Author Bradford Haami presents a history of the Ngati Hikatoa people through the writings of seven Maori people spanning four generations of the Maaka family. Included are genealogies, traditional histories, and personal documents written in Maori and in English that date from 1848-1978. Ranging from pepeha and waiata to the bleakly beautiful diaries of a mutton-birder, the documents collected in this book are a rare and intriguing window into the real lives of their authors. This valuable reference work also illustrates how whanau, hapu and iwi holding private Maori manuscripts can safeguard and share ancestorsÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ precious works for the future.
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Bradford Haami (Ngati Awa, Ngati Kahungunu) is the screenwrited behind the popular television series Mataku. His previous books include Goolan Maaka: Maori Doctor (1995); and Love Stories: Mate Tau (1997). Putea Whakairo was written while Bradford was the fellow in Maori history at the Ministry for Culturre and Heritage (1996-1998)