launches his new book at a replica of Ōrākau Pā in Mamaku
Leading Māori academic Sir William Te Rangiua “Pou” Temara was raised by his kaumātua in Ruataahuna and as result has a focus on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga like no other.
He says the wisdom passed down to him by his kaumātua has formed the basis for his new book, Te Rautakitahi o Tūhoe ki Ōrākau, which was launched in a replica of Ōrākau Pa in Mamaku.
“Everyone in the world knows about what happened in Ōrākau, though the kōrero that people know now was not written by Māori, [and was written] in a non-Māori way with a non-Māori understanding, so this book today is written by Māori, by a descendant of those who went to Ōrākau, and was launched with descendants today.”
The book is focused purely on what happened through the eyes of Tūhoe. It gives a glimpse of what happened to its people and how the battle fell out between the 300 Māori in the fortified pa at Ōrākau and the 1400 British troops who laid siege in 1864.
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