Maumahara, The Memories of Te Onehou Phillis, has been given a limited print run for whanau.

But according to whanau members, Te Onehou has a story that will interest a wider group of people.

She is the daughter of Ngati Awa rangatira Eruera Manuera and Te Pareake Te Ua. Mrs Phillis has been a prolific writer of tribal history, a founder of the iwi’s newspaper, and was for a long time a teacher of Maori at Edgecumbe College.

“When I first read the manuscript she said ‘this is only for my mokopuna so they can know how I was brought up.’ But when whanau looked at the material and it was just too important as a social history and as a tribal record and a whanau record not to publish it and not to make it more available for others to read,”

Her autobiography MAUMAHARA: THE MEMORIES OF TE ONEHOU PHILLIS is available for public sale.

Price $34.50 + p&h

Enquiries please contact: maraea@kapohia.co.nz