Researching and Writing

PUBLICATIONS

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).

18/06/2022

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.

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THREE BUSTS AND A CAPE - THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF HONGI HIKA

08/03/2020

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.

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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

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HONGI HIKA: A PORTRAIT

June 2019

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

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HONGI'S KAKAHU: RANGATIRA TO ROYALTY

Doctoral thesis (PhD), with an expected submission date of December, 2023

This is an 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 submitted by late 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.

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EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN

June 10, 2028

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EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN

June 10, 2028

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