Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Māori Culture

Author: Cleve Barlow
Published: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press

One of the most insightful books I have read and continue to re-read is Tikanga Whakaaro written by the late author and dear friend Cleve Barlow.

In his early years, Cleve was invited to attend a Ngāpuhi Wānanga (traditional school of learning) where he learnt ancient kōrero, karakia, waiata, mōteatea me ngā mea kē atu. In his book, he shares his knowledge and provides clear and insightful meanings of ancient Māori terms such as mana, ihi, wehi, mauri and tuku wairua, which although are widely used in Maoridom today may not necessarily been immediately understood. Learning these terms can only enrich your understanding of the Maori language and shed greater light on why Maori believe and do the things they do.

Dr Cleve Barlow, renowned author, academic scholar, champion of te reo Maori and humble man of the Lord.

“It is my sincere hope that the book will be a useful resource for studying both the language and culture of the Māori people”

Dr Cleve Barlow.

Moe mai rā e te rangatira.

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