Author(s): Taimoana Turoa
Hardback Hauraki Landmarks is a major publication that represents many years of scholarly and field research by the late Taimoana Turoa. Following in the tradition of Don Staffordâ��s Landmarks of Te Arawa, this book is a history both of the Maori peoples and of important places in the Hauraki region. After Turoaâ��s untimely death in 1998, the book has been brought to completion by his nephew, Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, director of graduate studies and research at Te Wananga-o-Raukawa. The Hauraki tribal district encompasses the entire Coromandel Peninsula as far south as Katikati, the Hauraki Plains, the lands bordering the Hauraki Gulf (taking in the east coast of Auckland as far north as Cape Rodney) and the islands of the Gulf, including Rangitoto, Hauturu (Little Barrier) and Aotea (Great Barrier). The area is home to the Parehauraki tribes, many of which are sub-tribes of Tainui. The first part of the book gives a concise and readable history of that settlement process at it has continued into the modern era. The heart of the work is the alphabetical compendium of landmarks in the Hauraki region. Each entry contains a description of the type, location and map reference of the place; its tribal area; a translation of the name; and, for places of special significance, an account of events associated with it. In the appendices, Charles Royal expands on Taimoanaâ��s work to relate histories of Hauraki taniwha and tupua, and of Taraia NgÃ¤kuti Te Tumuhia and his times. Whakapapa are included throughout the book, with an appendix of additional whakapapa. The final appendix contains ten detailed maps of the region, and further maps are featured throughout the text. Historical and contemporary photos of major places and personages in the history of the Parehauraki people are similarly featured in all sections of the book. Te Takoto o te Whenua o Hauraki: Hauraki Landmarks is destined to become the standard work on the Maori history of Hauraki â�� bringing alive places and history across the fertile lands that stretch from the built-up coast of Auckland to the wild beauty of the Coromandel.