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and selected Maori / rangatira or chiefs in order / to disturb, briefly, strategically, / the narrative that is Grey’s / legacy to poetry in / Aotearoa New Zealand. In / the first preface of Polynesian / Mythology and Ancient / Traditional History of the New / Zealand Race as Furnished by / their Chiefs and Priests (1885) / Grey explains his motives for / collecting and translating examples / of Maori oral tradition and turning / them into literary and anthropo- / logical texts…’ /

Wikipedia: Rangatira. This article is about the Maori title. For other uses, see Rangatira (disambiguation). Rangatira are the hereditary Maori leaders of hapu, and were described by ethnologists such as Elsdon Best as chieftains (p. 88).[1] Ideally, rangatira were people of great practical wisdom who held authority on behalf of the tribe and maintained boundaries between a tribe’s land and that of other tribes. Changes to land ownership laws in the 19th century, particularly the individualisation of land title, undermined the position of rangatira, as did the widespread loss of land under the colonial government. Etymology: The word ‘rangatira’ means ‘chief (male or female), wellborn, noble’ and derives from Proto-Central Eastern Polynesian *langatila (‘chief of secondary status’).[2] Cognate words are found in Moriori, Tahitian, Cook Islands Maori, Tuamotuan, Marquesan and Hawaiian.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.


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