February 25, 2014
Ngati Wai collecting unique tales
Northland iwi Ngati Wai has collected the traditional tales, poems and anecdotes of 22 of its kamatua and kuia as a resource for generations to come.
The 93-page A4 book, Nga Korero o Ngatiwai, and a 20-page book of extracts for children was launched last week.
Education advisor Phil Alexander-Crawford says the books, which were produced by the Ngati Wai Trust Board with help from the Education Ministry, were driven by a commitment by the iwi to maintain its reo and tikanga.
He says the book also acknowledges the sea hawk Tukaiaia, which is the principal Kaitiaki or guardian of the iwi.
"Tukaiaia is obviously the symbol of Ngati Wai. They say when it crows then Ngati Wai is coming, so it permeates through all of the two books. For someone coming in to Ngati Wai, it's a good way of understanding the Ngati Wai people and the ambitions and challenges associated with Ngati Wai," he says
Phil Alexander-Crawford says the first edition of Nga Korero o Ngatiwai has already sold out and it is being reprinted.
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