Orders of Service for a Tangihanga and an Unveiling: A resource manual for worship leaders

Te Paepae Tapu o Te Maungarongo ki Ohope

The Rev Wayne Te Kaawa, the Moderator of Te Aka Puaho (the Māori Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand) has helpfully produced a bilingual Māori and English resource for ministers and worship leaders who may need resources to aid them with a tangi, funeral and unveiling. It can be downloaded here.

Jobs for historians? – yeah right!

Scott, Great moments in New Zealand history

… that’s what I thought, but it seems that the Waitangi Tribunal, a permanent commission of inquiry that researches and reports on claims submitted by Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, is serious about seeking to appoint two historians and one senior historian.

  • Information on the historian positions, including the job description and application form and process, is available here.  Applications close 19 July.
  • Information on the senior historian position, including the job description and application form and process, is available here.  Applications close 10 July.

Should you require any further information, please email Jonathan West.

Judith Binney: Requiescat in pace

Radio NZ, The New Zealand Herald and The Beehive report that Judith Binney (1940–2011), who only recently survived being hit by a truck, passed away last night in her Auckland home, aged 70. Binney, who was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Auckland and one of the most passionate historians I had ever heard, authored some groundbreaking work, especially on the Māori Ringatū faith and its key figures Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki and Rua Kenana, and on the Ngāi Tūhoe. Her last published book, Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820–1921, deservedly won the New Zealand Post Book of the Year and General Non-fiction Award last year. Encircled Lands (which she speaks about in this fascinating interview aired on 28 November 2009) powerfully recalls the ‘lost history’ of Te Urewera, the Ngāi Tūhoe people and members of neighbouring iwi such as Ngati Whare. It truly is a magnificent acheivement, even if her devotion to her subject at times distorts the telling.

It was not that long ago that I read Ruben Gallego’s 2003 Russian Booker Prize-winning book White on Black wherein the author makes the comment that ‘there are books that change the way you look at the world, books that make you feel like dying or living differently’. In many ways, Judith Binney’s Encircled Lands makes one do something just like this. Binney’s Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki and Philip Temple’s A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields too embody the power to make us radically reassess our past. Moreover, Encircled Lands invites an entire nation to first look and then to live differently as a result of what it sees. In many ways, this is Professor Binney’s public gift to the nation – the invitation to look, and to look again. What a gift!

A Symposium: Aspects of Māori Christianity and Mission

Maori Church

Aspects of Māori Christianity and Mission

Historical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives

A Symposium, November 18–19, 2009

Last year a number of University of Otāgo academics formed a research group, Te Whakapapa o te Whakapono: Lineages of Faith, in conjunction with Te Wānanga a Rangi (the Presbyterian Church’s Theological College for Māori ministers) in order to further research into Māori interactions with Christianity. This research is multi-disciplinary, with a strong emphasis on both theology and history. The project aims to examine the encounters between the Christian Church and the Tāngata Whenua in New Zealand, to trace the growth and development of Christian faith among the Māori people, and to consider the ways in which that development has contributed to the shaping of New Zealand identity and society. To further the aims of the research project a Symposium will be held at Salmond College, Dunedin from November 18-19, 2009.

Speakers/topics will include:

  • Kathie Irwin, ‘John and Hōriana Laughton’
  • Hirini Kaa, ‘Tīhei taruke!: Mohi Turei and Ngāti Porou Christianity’
  • Bernie Kernot, ‘Translating the Gospel in the Māori Art Tradition: the works of the late Rt Rev. Hāpai Winiata’
  • Robert Joseph, ‘1. Rangatiratanga in the American West – The Hirini Whaanga Whānau Migration to Utah in the 19th Century’ and ‘2. Are Mormons Maori? Doctrinal and Historical Parallels between Māoritanga and Mormonism’
  • Peter Lineham, ‘Is Destiny Church a Māori faith or a faith of Māori?’
  • Nathan Matthews, ‘Kaikatikīhama – Tō tātou taonga whakahirahira. The role of Māori Catholic Catechists in the Marist Mission 1870 -1900’
  • Simon Moetara, ‘Māori & the Pentecostal Churches in Aotearoa-NZ’
  • Hugh Morrison, ‘Presbyterian children, images of Māori and imperial sentiments’
  • Keith Newman, ‘Rātana, the Prophet. Mā te wa; the sign of the broken watch’
  • Lachy Paterson, ‘Race, gender and te ao Māori: Pākehā women field workers of the Presbyterian Māori Mission’
  • Murray Rae, ‘Rua Kēnana and the Iharaira’
  • Wayne Te Kaawa, ‘The Contribution of James MacFarlane’
  • Hone Te Rire, ‘Hīhita me ngā Tamariki o te Kohu’
  • Yvonne Wilkie, ‘The Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union and their response to Māori Mission’

For more information or to register, contact Murray Rae (before 12 November).