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 Toi Ora: Ancestral Māori Treasures. Minimize

Te Papa Press is proud to announce the publication of its latest book based on the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Toi Ora: Ancestral Mäori Treasures, edited by Arapata Hakiwai, Director Mätauranga Mäori, and Senior Curator Mäori, Dr Huhana Smith and featuring the scholarship of Dr Janet Davidson and Te Papa curators Matiu Baker and Awhina Tamarapa.

Available in stores from 7 November, this sumptuous publication features over 120 full colour plates of taonga tuku iho (ancient Mäori treasures) – some of which have not been published before.  Toi Ora: Ancestral Mäori Treasures shows these taonga as living treasures, passed on through generations and containing the stories and the mauri (life force) of those who made, used and continue to value them. 

The 196 page book features all new photography of exquisite collection items from grand structures to ceremonial artefacts – traditional weapons, jewellery and woven clothing. The techniques and materials used to create each item are described, while additional photographs provide background on Mäori life and beliefs, and the stories around particular objects.

Toi Ora: Ancestral Mäori Treasures
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-877385-34-6
Extent: 196pp
Illustration: 120 full-colour plates
Format: PB, 240mm x 210mm

For review copies and images, contact: 
Jane Keig, Manager Communications, 029 601 0180, 04 381 7083, janek@tepapa.govt.nz; or
Kathryn Carmody, Te Papa Press publicist, 027 287 7963, 04 385 7070,


 Pacific Island Style Market Opens in Sydney Minimize

Australia's First Cultural Market! Open every Saturday 9am to 4pm.

The Blue Palm Tree Markets, a Pacific Island-style Market, will be just like the markets back home for the Pacific Island and Maori communities of Sydney.

The Saturday market, which will sell art, crafts, music, fashion, seafood, traditional foods and fresh produce, is about bringing these communities together, providing an outlet for maintaining their cultural heritage and offering the public a unique multicultural experience.

There are approx 100,000 people of Pacific Island and Maori origin living in N.S.W today and these people place a high value on their community links, their culture and their traditional way of life. Although proud Australians, they are proud of their home cultures too and place importance on preserving their traditions and customs for future generations.

Consequently, the Blue Palm Tree Markets will be visited by hundreds of shoppers from these communities every weekend. But it isn’t just a market for people of Pacific Island, Maori and Aboriginal descent, it is a market for all Sydney residents and tourists regardless of their nationality.

For more information go to www.bluepalmtree.com.au.


 Mau Moko - The World of Maori Tattoo Minimize

By Ngahuia Te Awekotuku with Linda Waimarie Nikora.  With new photography by Becky Nunes.

Taia o moko, hei hoa matenga mou...
Take your moko, as a friend forever...
Whāia te moko whakatū

Moko colours the lives, and the skins, of all the people involved in the making of Mau Moko. It has been more than a journey; it has been an obsession. And it has been a quest to celebrate, understand, demonstrate and record how an art form, centuries old, can flow gracefully into the third millennium. Moko is about the future, just as it is about the past; it is a graphic accounting of memory and desire; it is an engraving, on the Māori body, of history and commitment, of loyalty and relationships. Moko takes place in the present, but defi es time itself, carrying ancestral values and aesthetics into the consciousness of those yet to come.Moko - its history, songs, traditions, issues, myths, technologies, styles, forms, admirers, wearers, artists, and modern narratives - is the project.

In the traditional Māori world, moko, or facial or body tattoo, was part of everyday life; everyone had some patterning on their skin. Men wore elaborate designs on their faces; women wore usually less complex but elegant design, and both sexes had extensive body work. After almost dying out in the twentieth century, Māori skin art is now experiencing a powerful revival, with many young urban Māori displaying moko as a spectacular gesture of ethnic pride and identity.

Compiled by a group of Māori scholars from the University of Waikato, Mau Moko is the most magnificent book on Māori tattooing ever produced, and is the closest there has ever been to a ‘complete’ book on moko. Mau Moko examines the use of moko by traditional Māori, notes historical material including manuscripts and unpublished, oral sources, and links the art to the present day. It explores the cultural and spiritual issues surrounding moko and relates dozens of stories, many of them powerful and heart-warming, from wearers and artists.

Mau Moko is superbly enhanced by images from early European encounters, traditional Māori representations, and stunning new colour photography commissioned for the book by award-winning photographer Becky Nunes.  Tirohia, he moko!  Look, and wonder, at the beauty of this art form...

For further information or to arrange an interview,
an extract, or receive a review copy please contact:
Gina Harrison - Senior Publicist, Penguin Group (NZ)
Ph: (09) 442 7462,
RRP $65.00, Hardback, 264pp, December 2007
Imprint - Penguin Viking, published by Penguin Group (NZ)


 The 'N' Word. Minimize

By Rob O'Brien

The word nigger has always been associated with overt racism, but a provocative new film is about to show the rest of the world that Australia will happily endorse its use on a public building

Stephen Hagan began his campaign back in 1999, and even then he thought it was an open and shut case. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Nine years on and he is still pursuing the Toowoomba Sports Ground Trust, owners of the local Athletic Oval, to have a sign removed that included the word ‘Nigger’ (the ES ‘Nigger’ Brown Stand). Edward Stanley Brown, Toowoomba’s first rugby league international, who died in 1972 aged 74, was actually a white Australian - not an Aborigine - and was believed to have earned the nickname because of his extremely fair complexion.
Arguing that the sign was offensive and racist, Hagan’s case failed to move Australia’s domestic judiciaries including the Supreme Court and finally went all the way up to the United Nations, where in 2003 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found the term offensive and insulting and recommended the federal government remove the word; but the Howard government refused to act against it. (Click here to read more).


 Ex-Mongrel Mob Leader's New Book Minimize

TRUE RED: The Life of an ex-Mongrel Mob Gang Leader is the essential biography of one man’s fascinating journey from the realm of darkness into the world of light. 

This book explores the gang life of ex-Mongrel Mob Gang Leader Tuhoe ‘Bruno’ Isaac and what it really took for him to leave that environment and find a new life.

In the public’s mind the Mongrel Mob have a notorious reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous gang, mostly Maori whose lives revolve around fear, violence, drugs, drinking, brawling, rape and murder. While ex-Mongrel Mob Gang Leader Tuhoe ‘Bruno’ Isaac does not dispute this public image, from an insider’s point of view however the Mongrel Mob gave him a total sense of belonging at a crucial time in his life. 

“Here I found true acceptance and comradeship amongst a common brotherhood; I was willing to die for them,” he says, “The Mob became everything to me: it was my life and it was also to be my death.”
(Click here to read more - pdf 343 kb).


 Choosing a Web Developer Minimize

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Thinking of setting up a website/ecommerce site?  There are plenty of website developers out there, the trick is finding the right one for your business.  Your website developer and designer are important keys to your business success and if you have a limited budget, you’ll need to plan wisely.  You may embark on the project with a team of developers only to find months later that they’re slow to deliver or taken on more clients and become too busy for you.  By then you may have already paid a deposit and are unable to turn back because of the targets you’ve set yourself.  Some companies have a product developer or someone who acts as an interface between you and the web developer.  If you are dealing with the web developer directly yourself, you need to know how to negotiate that.
(Click here for full article).



The Greening the Screen environmental toolkit was developed to encourage companies and productions to think smarter, work better and add value to their business with practical environmental improvement measures. Written by Ann Smith, Emma McConachy and Landcare Research, case studies are used throughout this toolkit to show how real companies have achieved environmental and business benefits. The very nature of screen production in New Zealand, where groups of professionals come together for a few months and then disperse to other projects, provides a great opportunity for Greening the Screen practices to spread throughout the industry. Click here to download this toolkit (pdf 3.5 mb).  For more information about Greening the Screen, visit the website www.greeningthescreen.co.nz


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