He koha ki te Whare Pukapuka nā Miriama Evans

March 26, 2018

Nā Ema Jacob

On the 22nd of Poutū te rangi (March) 2018 we received a koha of more than 250 books from Miriama Evans (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu). Miriama’s collection includes many of our core reference resources such as the writings of Hirini Moko Mead, Hugh Kāwharu, Apirana Ngata, Mason Durie, Elsdon Best, Mervyn McLean, Hana O’Regan, Terence Barrow, Richard Benton, Patricia Grace, Robyn Kahukiwa, Judith Binney, Kathy Irwin (and many others); A number of works of fiction by Māori authors;  and some lovely childrens books. There are also a number of smaller publications and articles she collected during her work within Government agencies including some Waitangi Tribunal reports and articles written for Women’s Affairs – a really interesting and varied collection reflecting the diverse and fascinating career of the owner. 

He wahine rongonui a Miriama ki te Ao Māori ā, ki te Ao Whānui hoki. 

Photo of Miriama taken from The Art of Māori Weaving: Te Aho Mutunga Kore (2005)

Miriama has been a tribunal member of the Waitangi Tribunal since 2013.  She was a member of the Ngāti Mutunga Governing Board for twenty years. She has been a lecturer of postgraduate studies at Victoria University and continues her involvement as a member of Te Aka Matua Māori Advisory to the University.  She has worked in many senior roles within the public service, including the Ministry of Māori Development, Ministry for Women and in the Prime Minister’s Office.  She is currently working in an advisory capacity with St John's on services to Māori. 

Miriama has edited a number of publications including The Art of Māori Weaving: Te Aho Mutunga Kore  (2005), and The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry  (2008).  She was one of the members of The Spiral Collective  who first published Keri Hulme’s The Bone People in 1983. She has herself written a number of books and papers including Māori Women in the Economy  which she co-authored with Anne Horsfield (1988) and He Rito He Ranga: Kiekie, Our Taonga Plant (2009).

Miriama and her husband Andy came for a visit and to bring us the boxes of her much loved collection and we enjoyed a morning tea and kōrero with her before her returning to Wellington.  Down-sizing is an emotional journey and we loved the opportunity to show Miriama our temporary Whare Pukapuka in Whitireia, as well as looking across to the beautiful new whare to come later this year. 

We are truly appreciative of the addition of this valuable collection to our Whare Pukapuka.

“Ka tuwhera ngā kanohi, ka hihiri te ngākau”
The eyes are opened and the mind quickened

Ko tēnei tāpaenga ohaoha, he kai mā te karu, mā te hinengaro, mā te ngākau hoki.  Me tuku ngā mihi ki tēnei wahine ngākaunui ki te tangata ka tika. 

Miriama, tēna koe, tēna koe, tēna anō rā koe e te rangatira. Ka ora mātou i tēnei koha nui āu.

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