November 02, 2023
Te Rauparaha perspectives shared in podcast
The All Blacks made his haka Ka Mate famous to all New Zealanders – but not many know his life-story and legacy from a Māori perspective.
A Māori historian has set out to change that by making the story of life and times of Te Rauparaha more widely available.
Ross Calman produced and narrated a 7-part series about the controversial 19th century Ngāti Toa leader who led his hapu and its allies south from Waikato to conquer the area around Kapiti and Wellington, and later launched raids into the South Island which led to the slaughter of hundreds of Ngāi Tahu.
“We don’t shy away from that – so I think people will find it quite a balanced view of that history – I mean we’ve got quite prominent iwi historians, Te Maire Tau and Helen Brown – telling that story from a Ngāi Tahu perspective as well,” he says.
Dr Calman says podcasting can be a crucial tool for sharing history and keeping it alive.