Kāpiti History - Ross Calman, a descendant of Te Rauparaha, is pictured with the original manuscript, courtesy Auckland Libraries.
'Kāore kau he kaumātua hei rite mō Te Rauparaha te mōhio ki te whawhai, me te toa hoki, me te tino tangata ki te
'There has never been a man equal to Te Rauparaha in terms of knowledge of warfare and prowess in battle, as well in being so dedicated to looking after people.' '" Tamihana Te Rauparaha
The book that took 150 years to make it into print!
A rare and valuable account of the life and times of Te Rauparaha, one of the most renowned and
divisive figures in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and composer of the haka 'Ka mate', made famous by the All Blacks.
Written in te reo Māori in the 1860s by Te Rauparaha's son, Tamihana Te Rauparaha, and translated today by Te Rauparaha's descendant Ross Calman, this taonga is finally available in both te reo Māori and English within one edition.
Te Rauparaha is most well known today as the composer of the haka 'Ka mate', made famous the world over by New Zealand's national rugby team, who have been performing it for over a century. He is venerated by his own descendants among Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa and widely reviled by those tribes who were on the receiving end of his military campaigns during the 'musket wars' of the 1820s and 1830s.
'He pukapuka tātaku i ngā mahi a Te Rauparaha nui' is a 50,000-word account in te reo Māori of Te Rauparaha's life written by his son, Tamihana Te Rauparaha, between 1866 and 1869. It focuses on the events of the 1820s and 1830s, an era characterised by intertribal conflict, and the resulting displacement and resettlement of tribal groups, as well as by the increasing interaction between the Māori and Pākehā worlds.
Hardback, 240 x 170 mm, 368 pages
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About the Editor & Translator
Ross Calman (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāi Tahu) is a
descendant of Te Rauparaha, one of the offspring of a peace marriage
forged between Ngāti Toa and Ngāi Tahu in the 1840s. He is a freelance writer, editor and translator, and the author of many popular works on Māori language and history '" The Treaty of Waitangi, The Raupō Essential Māori Dictionary (with Margaret Sinclair) and The New Zealand Wars among them. He was also the revising editor of The Reed Book of Māori Mythology. He lives in Wellington with his wife Ariana Tikao and they have two adult children.
The Ngāti Toa Whakapapa Committee has given their blessing to the
publication of this book.
A pioneering work of Māori (and, indeed, indigenous) biography, Tamihana's narrative weaves together the
oral accounts of his father and other elders, with his own recollections using, what was then for Māori, the
new medium of writing. However, sadly, due to a succession of poor interpretations of Tamihana's work, his
achievement in authoring this manuscript has gone largely unappreciated in the 150 years since it was written.
This current work publishes for the first time Tamihana's complete manuscript in a parallel Māori/English
edition. To assist readers, modern conventions of spelling and grammar have been applied to Tamihana's Māori
text, while the English translation is completely new.