February 15, 2018
Maori scholarship highlighted
The Maori Centre of Research Excellence Nga Pae o te Maramatanga and the Royal Society Te Aparangi are celebrating Maori scholarship by highlighting 150 non-fiction books.
Nga Pae co-director Jacinta Ruru says the Te Takarangi project is a way to the centre’s first 15 years and the 150th anniversary of the New Zealand Institute, as the Te Aparangi was known back then.
Each day information on a book will go up on the Royal Society website, and in some cases for books out of copyright the text may be up as well.
Professor Ruru says while most of the books have been published in the past few decades, it’s symbolic that the series starts with 19th century scholar Hoani Te Whatahoro Jury’s Lore of the Whare Wananga.
"Maori communities were contributing into written Maori scholarship right back from when the Maori language was first put into written form back in the early 1800s. It is important this book does capture some of these 1800's works," she says.
Te Takarangi will culminate with activities during Te Wiki o te Reo Maori in September.
To view the books as they are added daily, visit royalsociety.org.nz/TeTakarangi
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