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Te Rā: The Māori sail

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Te Rā: The Māori sail – by Ariana Tikao, illustrated by Mat Tait

Te Rā, which translates as “the sail” in te reo Māori, is the only known customary Māori sail in existence. Woven from harakeke more than 200 years ago, Te Rā has for many years been held in storage at the British Museum in London. Te Rā is a powerful symbol of Māori exploration, expertise and adaptation.

In 1922 Te Rangihīroa (Sir Peter Buck) challenged future weavers to visit and study Te Rā in order to revitalise the mātauraka – knowledge, wisdom and skill – embedded in it.

In July 2023, our oldest taonga will once again be brought into the light as it returns home to Aotearoa.

Evocatively written by Ariana Tikao from the point of view of Te Rā and beautifully illustrated by Mat Tait, this book commemorates the homecoming of our oldest taonga, and celebrates our past, present and future as New Zealanders.

Format: This is a hardcover pull out book.

Language: this book uses both English and te reo Māori.

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About the Author:

Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu) is a singer, taonga puoro musician and writer. She writes waiata, poetry and creative non-fiction exploring themes relating to her Kāi Tahu identity and mana wahine, often drawing on historical kōrero from her ancestors. She is among the current generation of artists and leaders rejuvenating taonga puoro, following in the footsteps of Hirini Melbourne and of her mentors Richard Nunns and Brian Flintoff.

Other book collaborations by Ariana include:


About the Illustrator:

Mat Tait is a comics artist and writer. He is of Māori and Scottish decent, based in the South Island of New Zealand.

Other books Mat has illustrated include:

The adventures of Tupaia


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