Author(s): Hirini Moko Mead
Tikanga Maori is the authoritative and accessible introduction to understanding the correct Maori ways of doing things as they were done in the past, as they are done in the present - and as they may yet be. In this revised edition, Hirini Mead has added an extensive new chapter on mana whenua, mana moana, Maori authority over land and ocean, and the different interpretations and applications of mana whenua and mana moana historically and today. Hirini Mead has also updated the section on tangihanga to include contemporary issues about cremation choices and what happens to the deceased in Maori/non-Maori partnerships where there are disputes about following tangi tikanga or Pakeha traditions. The remainder of the book explores how tikanga Maori may influence contemporary life and society, and Hirini Mead proposes guidelines to help us test appropriate responses to challenges that may yet be laid down.
Sir Hirini Moko Mead (Ngati Awa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhourangi) is a prominent Maori writer and commentator. Author of over seventy books, papers and articles, he was Foundation Professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and was instrumental in establishing the Maori university Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane.A scholar of rare expertise in Maori language and culture, Hirini Mead was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for his services to Maori and to education.