Author(s): John Mitchell & Hilary Mitchell
This volume consists of 28 biographies of chiefly whanau of Ngati Tama and Te Atiawa in Te Tau Ihu (Nelson-Marlborough). It ranges from northern Taranaki to the Kapiti coast and on to Te Tau Ihu, spanning the three or four generations in the 19th century. The book covers Maori conflicts and movements, early European contacts, conversion to Christianity, the New Zealand Company arrival, dealings with the Crown, gold rushes and the Taranaki Wars. As with all families, there were scandals and disasters as well as achievements and successes. The universal theme is whakapapa - underpinning taua and heke, the basis for kainga, and the reason for marriages. The material was gathered from whanau whakapapa books, Minutes of Native Land Court hearings, Maori letters, evidence in court cases and newspaper accounts, as well as official and unofficial European records and online resources.
Shortlisted for Nga Kupu Ora Te Haurongo / Biography Book Award 2015.
John and Hilary Mitchell have operated as Mitchell Research for thirty years. They have completed hundreds of reports on social investigations and Maori issues, including evidence for the Waitangi Tribunal. John Mitchell (Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Kinohaku) is tangata whenua of Mohua (Golden Bay). He has lectured in psychology at the University of Canterbury and was school director of the Cobham Outward Bound School in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough. He has been a trustee of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and commissioner of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission), and has represented Maori interests on a number of national bodies. Locally he has been involved in iwi and pan-iwi affairs. Hilary Mitchell, of West Coast Irish stock, has been a secondary school teacher, a Nelson City Councillor, a trustee of the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust, and a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology council member. During 2009-2010, the Mitchells were joint holders of the J B Stout Research Fellowship in New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2010-2012 held research fellowships at Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch; these appointments facilitated much of the basic research and drafting of this book.
Foreword; List of Illustrations; Maps; Chronology; Whanau Biographies: Te Whanau o Te Puoho ki Te Rangi, Te Whanau o Te Haehaeora, Te Whanau o Te Haereiti, Te Whanau o Ngapiko, Te Whanau o Te Hunahuna Te Whanau o Te Wharerangi, Te Whitu, Te Paea (Rameka) & Te Ranga, Te Whanau o Tairehe , Te Whanau o Te Manutoheroa, Te Whanau o Huriwhenua, Te Whanau o Ngarewa, Te Whanau o Ropoama Te One, Te Whanau o Tahuaroa, Te Whanau o Takaratai, Te Whanau o Tuhata Te Patuhiki, Te Whanau o Whitikau, Te Whanau o Hikimapu Takune (Keenan), Te Whanau o Te Wai Maata Te Naihi (Heberley), Te Whanau o Mereruru, Te Hikanui (Love, Pata), Te Whanau o Wakaiwa Rawinia (Barrett), Te Whanau o Merenako, Te Whanau o Ngamamaku & Putaputa, Te Whanau o Rangiauru, Te Whanau o Te Rei Nganiho, Te Whanau o Te Arohatahi, Te Whanau o Te Ringahuri & Marino, Te Whanau o Te Keha, Te Whanau o Te Koihua, Te Whanau o Watino; Glossaries; Bibliography; Index