September 11, 2012
Kuia’s memoir a valuable social history
The editor of a Ngati Awa kuia’s memoir is keen for the book to reach a wider audience.
Maumahara, The Memories of Te Onehou Phillis, has been given a limited print run for whanau.
But Tania Rangiheua says her 86-year old aunt has a story that will interest a wider group of people.
The daughter of Ngati Awa rangatira Eru Manuera, Mrs Phillis has been a prolific writer of tribal history, a founder of the iwi’s newspaper, and was for a long time a teacher of Maori at Edgecumbe College.
“When I first read the manuscript she said ‘this is only for my mokopuna so they can know how I was brought up.’ I looked at the material and it was just too important as a social history and as a tribal record and a whanau record not to publish it and not to make it more available for others to read,” Ms Rangiheuea says.