Author(s): Mere Whaanga
Starting with the building of Te Poho o Potiki, the central wharenui at Iwitea of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti, a hapu of Ngati Kahungungu, this book explores its taonga, the iwi and hapu identities represented in its the waiata, stories and carvings, its colonial historyt, the traditional histories of this area and an overview of religions.
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Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: History Category 2005.
Mere Whaanga (Ngati Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungungu) lives in Napier. She is a writer, illustrator, historian and academic who may be best known as the author of several extremely successful children's books that have been finalists in book awards, notably The Legend of the Seven Whales, He Pakiwaitara a Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti (1988) and Tangaroa's Gift: Te Koha a Tangaroa (1990). She has an MPhil Maori Studies from Massey University and was awarded the 2001-2002 Ministry of Culture & Heritage Fellowship in Maori History to complete A Cloak for Tahu.