This work is the result of a three-year research and translation project into 19th- and early 20th-century Maori language newspapers. It comprises 12 essays on topics ranging from linguistics to politics, loosely two groupings of language and literature and social and political history.
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Maori print culture - the newspapers, Timoti Karetu; E manu, tena koe! The oral tradition in newspaper writing, Jane McRae; a brief history of Maori-language newspapers, Jenifer Curnow; loanwords used in Maori-language newspapers, John Moorfield and Lachy Paterson; Kiri ma, kiri mangu - the terminology of race and civilization in the mid-19th century Maori-language press, Lachy Paterson; church and identity in the Wesleyan newspaper Te Haeata, Yvonne Sutherland; poetry in Te Waka Maori, Christine Tremewan; Kupu pai, kupu kino, good and bad words in Maori political writing, Lyndsay Head; parliamentary representation for Maori - debate and ideology in Te Wananga and Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani, 1874-1878; inculcating habits of industry - Pakeha prescriptions for work and the capitalist ethic in Te Korimako, Hazel Petrie; the tribal society of the Wairarapa newspapers, Steven Chrisp; delivering the Maori-language newspapers in the internet, Mark Apperley, Te takea Keegan, Ian Wittenand, Sally Cunningham.