Book: Ko Tautoro, te Pito o Tōku Ao: A Ngāpuhi narrative

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Ngāpuhi is the largest iwi in New Zealand and its people have occupied the northern North Island from the time of their arrival from Hawaiki. 

Ko Tautoro, Te Pito o Tōku Ao is Ngāpuhi elder Hōne Sadler’s powerful account of the origins, history and culture of the Ngāpuhi people.

Sadler illustrates the unbroken chain of Ngāpuhi sovereignty by looking in-depth at his own hapū of Ngāti Moerewa, Ngāti Rangi and Ngāi Tawake ki te Waokū of Tautoro and Matarāua. The narrative is told through weaving together karakia and whakapapa, histories and kōrero that have been part of the oral traditions of Ngāpuhi’s whānau, hapū and iwi and handed down through the generations on marae and other gathering places.

Presented first to open the Ngāpuhi’s claim before the Waitangi Tribunal, Sadler’s narrative is a powerful Māori oral account, presented here in te reo and English on facing pages, of the story of New Zealand’s largest iwi.


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