Research and Articles
Since the start of their career, Purakau Productions has been committed to producing a high standard of published work. They have published a set of historical storybooks (in Te Reo Maori and English) for use as recommended reading resources in New Zealand schools, as well as a number of upcoming articles earmarked for scholarly journals currently in peer review. There is also the possibility of a PhD thesis beginning in early 2023.
HONGI'S HIKOI: A TRIO OF TRAVELLERS (ENGLISH) AND TE HIKOI A HONGI: TOKOTORU RATOU (TE REO MAORI).
A set of historical story books produced for New Zealand Secondary school students, which focus on the 1820 journey to England by Hongi Hika, Waikato, and CMS Missionary Thomas Kendall.
Translated into Ngapuhi mita (dialect) by Quinton Hita, this set of books is a quality resource for use in both kura kaupapa and mainstream schools.
School distribution details and dates will be available soon, as will general sale details.
THREE BUSTS AND A CAPE - THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF HONGI HIKA
Oceanic Art Society Journal Volume 25, Issue 1
This article is a combination of a public presentation and an interview, focussing on Hongi Hika’s 1820 journey to England, a comparison of three carved wooden busts purported to be of Hongi himself, as well as current research focusing on the woven cloak which Hongi gifted to King George IV.
MOKA TE KAINGAMATAA - BIOGRAPHY
'Moka Te Kainga-mataa', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/moka-te-kainga-mataa, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 13-Oct-2017
This is an academic biography about Ngapuhi (Māori) chief Moka Te Kaingamataa.
This is an online resource utilised by New Zealand History Online, an initiative overseen by the NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
HONGI HIKA: A PORTRAIT
This is an academic journal article focusing on the 1820 journey to England by Māori chief Hongi Hika; his role in assisting the compilation of a Māori-English dictionary at Cambridge University, his introduction to the Peerage in the House of Lords, and his audience with King George IV.
Additionally, it contains a detailed comparison of the three carved wooden busts purported to be of Hongi himself.
Journal of Museum Ethnography, No 32 June 2019. pp. 209-224
HONGI'S KAKAHU: RANGATIRA TO ROYALTY
Research Paper/Journal Article, with an expected publication date of June, 2023.
This journal article/research paper has come out of a proposed academic study, in the form of a doctoral (PhD) thesis; which focuses on the meeting between Maori chief Hongi Hika and King George IV, who met at Carlton House on 13th November 1820.
This article encompasses three aspects of this meeting, these being: a) the practice of 'tuku' or reciprocal gifting and its importance within Maori society, b) a never-before-published description of the gifts exchanged between the two leaders, and c) a detailed study, focusing on the woven flax kakahu; which Hongi gifted the King, and which is now in the collection of The British Museum.
It is envisaged that this will be published by June 2023, which is dependent on the author being able to examine a number of taonga (artifacts) which he has not yet viewed due to Covid travel restrictions.
TE TAIAHA O HONGI: TRACING TAONGA
A research paper/journal article focusing on the locating, identifying, and examination of, a taiaha (Maori fighting staff) which is believed to have belonged to Hongi Hika, which he took to England in 1820.
Expected publication date is December 2023.
MOKA, MUSKETS & MAYHEM!
An interactive historical novel seen through the eyes of influential Maori chief Moka Te Kaingamataa; focusing on the events in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1800 through to the 1860s, including intertribal warfare, European contact, trade, politics, the Musket Wars, the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Waitangi, the Northern Wars, and the New Zealand Land Wars.
Moka refused to sign the Treaty on principle, and is most likely the first Maori activist.
The novel itself is expected to be completed by December 2023, with the accompanying video content (re-enactments, interviews, waiata, etc) to be completed by August 2024.
The project as a package, is expected to be released by January 2025.