The latest of te Reo Rangahau presentation hosted by Wiremu Huta Martin and Professor Taiarahia Black draws together interpretations of Te Onehou Phillis’s absorbing publication on Eruera Mānuera, the Tūhoe commemoration of the armistice of WW1 and the Te Aitanga a Mahaki commemoration marking 150 years since the seige of Te Waerenga a Hika Pā. 

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Wednesday 18-25 of November 2015

Eruera Mānuera by Te Onehou Phillis

Following on from the discussions of Ngāti Awa Te Toki, Matua Wiremu-Huta Martin and Professor Taiarahia Black give analysis reo-research lead discussions, interpretations to Te Onehou Phillis’s  absorbing publication on Ngāti Awa leader Eruera Mānuera.  The chapter contents and context-narratives compiled by Te Onehou link the present to the past, and from which we are able to follow Eruera Mānuera’s indomitable journey.  This publication is rich in reo literacy-related knowledge and scholarship, where emerging readers and writers in the reo will do more than process information; this publication brings experience, existing and new knowledge accumulated over a life times devotion to whakapapa, whānau, the marae of Ngāti Awa, mount Pūtauaki, Te Kooti Ārikirangi Te Tūruki and the hāhi Ringatū by Eruera Mānuera.

In their discussions Matua Wiremu-Huta and Professor Taiarahia Black integrate the sources of information from this publication to talk about language structure, meaning and writing using familiar texts using familiar vocabulary and structures taken straight from the publication.  This publication follows the well known process of telling the history, connected to the times of Eruera Mānuera.  Eruera does not stand alone in these narratives, his priorities and the truths are all structured so as to declare the mana of the whānau, hapū, and iwi.  It therefore follows that this publication is reminding us that we must know our ancestral history and that history from the perspective of Eruera is authoritative.  A further intension in the discussion by Matua Wiremu-Huta and Professor Taiarahia Black is to show how some narratives from this publication continue and are reshaped and still compatible with Ngāti Awa Te Toki.

It is these motivating, encouraging historical narratives compiled by Te Onehou Phillis that will supplement and bring new innovative language distinctions to support Ngāti Awa Te Toki and Mātaatua Waka reo researchers to undertake reo studies in masters and a doctorate degrees at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.