Author(s): Pei Te Hurinui Jones
A paperback edition of the landmark, bi-lingual, book of the histories, genealogies, songs and chants of the Tainui people, descended from the occupants of the Tainui canoe, who arrived at and settled the area around Kaawhia harbour about 1300AD.
Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Ngaati Matakore; 1898-1976) was brought up in the southern King country by his maternal great-uncle Te Hurinui Te Wano and was ideally qualified to pursue his lifelong interest in oral history of his mother's people. He was a prolific writer in te reo Maori and a leading authority on Tainui traditions. Bruce Biggs (Ngati Maniapoto; 1921-2000), was a renowned linguist and pioneer in the study of te Reo Maori. He wrote several best-selling books on te reo Maori including Let's Learn Maori and The Complete English-Maori Dictionary. Further information about Bruce Biggs can be found at http://www.rsnz.govt.nz/directory/yearbooks/year00/biggs.php