Nga Iwi O Tainui: The Traditional History of the Tainui People/Nga Koorero Tuku Iho O Nga Tuupuna
Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Bruce Biggs
Nga Iwi o Tainui is a classic work of New Zealand and Māori history, first published in 1995.
A bilingual collection, in 67 chapters, of the histories, genealogies, songs and chants of the Tainui people, it represents the culmination of a life’s work by the scholar and historian Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones. His beautiful Māori text is matched on facing pages by Dr Bruce Biggs’s English translations, a layout which facilitates a close study of the Māori language, valuable for scholars and students alike.
Genealogical tables and map references place each separate incident in its social and geographical context. Extensive footnotes provide further information and there is a complete index to all place names and personal names in the text.
Awards and Nominations
Winner – 1996 Montana Special Honour Award – Nga Iwi o Tainui, Bruce Biggs and Pei Te Hurinui Jones
. . . must be ranked as one of the great Maori literary works of this [twentieth] century . . . . it is a taonga, a treasure for Tainui, for Maori and importantly for the wider field of scholarship. – Mason Durie, He Pukenga Korero