Author(s): Hilary Perdersen and Marina Sciascia
Matatoa Fathers And Sons' the third in a series of books on the history of Porangahau is to be released next month. Porangahau in Hawke's Bay is a significant coastal district, long settled by Ngati Kere iwi and later by high profile early colonisers. As such generations of families who call it 'home' ripple around New Zealand. Like its highly successful predecessors 'Hakui Mothers Of Porangahau' and 'Tuahine Sisters Of Porangahau,' the book is a compilation of family- written stories initiated by local women Marina Sciascia and Hilary Pedersen of Te Hanganui Partnership (The Work Of Two). 'Matatoa Fathers And Sons' is packed with information. Whakapapa, genealogy, early history and personal recollections sit side by side contained within 450 pages and 300 photographs. "This book is a model for all communities who want to ensure that our shared stories live on and continue to bring us together as a unique nation," says Dr Orange. Nineteen stories are featured, among them the Te Atua, Tipene, Tutaki, Kuru and Wakefield families along with early colonial settlers including the Cannings of 'Oakbourne, Ormonds of Wallingford, Hunters of Porangahau and John White. Later arrivals the Stoddart and Willis families along with the Mouats of Mangaorapa Station also tell their stories. A Wellington based design and editorial team involving photographer and associate Sal Criscillo, Dr Piri Sciascia, Brian Morris Huia Publishing and designer Pieta Brenton are responsible for a powerful presentation and layout.
Winner of the history section of the Massey University Nga Kupu Ora Book Awards - Oct 2012