29 Nov 2018
Artform: Literature, Ngā toi Māori
Location: Rotorua, Auckland
Funding: Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment Programme, $61,500
Auckland University Press has published its first book to be printed only in te reo Māori (without an English translation). He Kupu Tuku Iho was written by Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and Dr Wharehuia Milroy, two of New Zealand’s leading teachers and scholars of Māori language and culture. The book was on its second reprint less than a week after its release.
He Kupu Tuku Iho is a non-fiction collection of essays that explore important aspects of Māori culture, tikanga and language. It covers topics from grammar, syntax and government policy to humour, creative thought and the divine.
Author Sir Tīmoti Kāretu said, "my time is devoted to and I'm always available to those who are interested and who care about the language and its survival for future generations". The book’s rapid sell out has signalled a strong market for more exclusively reo works. Auckland University Press says it intends to increase the number of exclusively te reo Māori works it publishes.