October 18, 2018
Te Takarangi books a whakapapa of ideas
It’s taken most of the year but the Nga Pae o te Maramatanga and the Royal Society Te Apārangi have finished posting profiles of 150 significant Maori non-fiction books.
The collection, which starts with Thomas Kendall’s A Korao nō New Zealand; or the New Zealander’s first book from 1815, was celebrated at an event at parliament this week.
One of the curators, Ngā Pae co-director and Otago University law professor Jacinta Ruru, says Te Takarangi covers everything from history to biography to architecture to Māori rights, and even a translation of the New Testament.
She says it wasn’t a competition.
"It was a very deliberate hard choice to make which books fall into this category and they are books that we talk about as being the whakapapa of ideas, books that have a real weight to them, that will last the test of time. These are really significant books," Professor Ruru says.
The plan is to make Te Takarangi accessible across the country in community libraries, schools and marae.
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