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Te ahi kā : the fires of occupation / Martin Toft, Pouma Pokai-Whenua.

By: Toft, Martin.
Contributor(s): Pokai-Whenua, Pouma [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Heaton Moor, Stockport, England : Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2018Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm + folded booklet (10 pages, illustrations, 12 cm ).Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1911306383; 9781911306382.Subject(s): Nature photography -- New Zealand -- Whanganui River | Maori (New Zealand people) -- New Zealand -- Whanganui River | Mana whenua | Tāngata whenua | Kaitiakitanga | Tango whakaahua | Whanganui River (N.Z.)DDC classification: 305.899/442 Summary: "Photographer Martin Toft spent six months living among iwi deep in the Whanganui River lands in the mid-1990s. They honoured him with the Māori name Pouma Pokai-whenua. By returning 20 years later, again with his camera, Toft completed part of a promise to the iwi, and publishing this book fulfils the rest of that pledge. Te Ahi Kā - The Fires of Occupation explores in photographs, archives and interviews some of the key political, environmental and cultural issues for the iwi as it has sought return of its historical lands at Mangapapapa. This sumptuous hardback production, with fold-out pages, fine binding and alternate female (fern) and male (embers) cover designs, is now featuring in photo book festivals worldwide. Te Ahi Kā evokes the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its ancestors, between Māori and the author. It aims to leave a legacy for future guardians of the Whanganui, and to share the aspirations and desires of this unique community."-- aotearoabooks.co.nz.
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In 1996 Toft spent six months in the middle and upper reaches of the Whanganui River in an area known as the King Country. Here he met Maori who were in the process of reversing the colonisation of their people and returning to their ancestral land, Mangapapapa which is on the steep banks of the river inside Whanganui National Park. At the end of his journey Toft was given the Maori name Pouma Pokai-Whenua. Returning twenty years later to rekindle the spiritual kinship he had experienced, Toft began to work on this book. Its narrative is situated within the context of the current Whanganui River Deed of Settlement, Ruruku Whakatupua and the projects led by local Maori to settle historical grievances with the government dating back to the 1870s.

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"Photographer Martin Toft spent six months living among iwi deep in the Whanganui River lands in the mid-1990s. They honoured him with the Māori name Pouma Pokai-whenua. By returning 20 years later, again with his camera, Toft completed part of a promise to the iwi, and publishing this book fulfils the rest of that pledge. Te Ahi Kā - The Fires of Occupation explores in photographs, archives and interviews some of the key political, environmental and cultural issues for the iwi as it has sought return of its historical lands at Mangapapapa. This sumptuous hardback production, with fold-out pages, fine binding and alternate female (fern) and male (embers) cover designs, is now featuring in photo book festivals worldwide. Te Ahi Kā evokes the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its ancestors, between Māori and the author. It aims to leave a legacy for future guardians of the Whanganui, and to share the aspirations and desires of this unique community."-- aotearoabooks.co.nz.