Author(s): Apirana Ngata, Sir
This is the fourth and last volume of a new edition of a classic work, the annotated collection of waiata made by a distinguished Maori leader and scholar and previously published by the Polynesian Society with English translations of the first three volumes by Pei Te Hurinui Jones. The waiata in this volume were not translated originally and completely new translations by distinguished Maori scholar Hirini Mead are published here for the first time. Mead’s translations are made in the spirit of those of Pei Te Hurinui and in deep sympathy with the Maori text. This completely redesigned and reset edition, published in association with the Polynesian Society, preserves the integrity of the original text and commentary but modernises the typography by the inclusion of macrons. It also includes two CDs of waiata drawn from the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music at the University of Auckland. An essential text for anyone studying Maori culture. Sir Apirana Ngata (Ngati Porou, 1874-1950) was the leading Maori figure of his day, a land reformer, politician and scholar. He made a vital contribution to the revival of Maori culture in the early years of the twentieth century and is the subject of a biography by Ranginui Walker. Hirini Moko Mead (Ngati Awa) was the foundation professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, is chair of the Ngati Awa Trust board and founder of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. He is the author of many books on Maori art and custom. This new edition is edited for the Polynesian Society by Jenifer Curnow and Jane McRae.
Sir Apirana Ngata: Ngati Porou, 1874?1950, was the leading Maori figure of his day, a land reformer, politician and scholar. He made a vital contribution to the revival of the Maori people and culture in the early years of the twentieth century and is the subject of a recent biography by Ranginui Walker. Hirini Moko Mead (Ngati Awa (Ngati Pahipoto), Tuwharetoa Tuhourangi) was born at Wairoa in 1927. Educated at St Stephen's and Te Aute Colleges and The University of Auckland, he has a PhD from the University of Illinois. Foundation professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, he was the founder of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and is chair of the Ngati Awa Trust board, a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and consultant to a number of the world's leading art galleries and museums, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and the British Museum. He is the author of many books on Maori subjects and won the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Reference and Anthology for Nga Pepeha o Nga Tipuna. He has held several international fellowships and his awards include the Elsdon Best Memorial Medal, the Pacific Arts Association Manu Daula Award, a Montana Book NZ Award and a DSM.