This is a collection of the writings of Mohi Turei (circa 1830-1914), Ngāti Porou leader, scholar and Anglican minister, celebrated as a composer of haka, as an orator and master carver, and as a writer.
Kaa, W. and Te O. Kaa (Eds). Mohi Turei: Āna Tuhinga i Roto i te Reo Māori. Wellington, Victoria University Press, 1996.
Mohi Turei is thought to have been born about 1830 and was brought up at Te Kautuku near Rangitukia in the Waiapu district. During the conflicts on the East Coast of the North Island in the 1860s and in the following decades, he became a tribal leader, especially in the Waiapu district, where he lived almost all his life.
Written in Māori and edited by Wiremu and Te Ohorere Kaa both of Ngāti Pourou, this book is the writings of Mohi Turei, as an early Māori minister at Waiapu. Turei became one of Ngāti Porou’s major figures, exercising his leadership in a wide variety of ways. He was celebrated as a composer of haka, as an orator, as a writer and a notable carver. He was consulted by Samuel Williams and Elsdon Best on Māori traditions and language.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.