Wednesday, 11 December 2013

December Film Screening

We're ending the year with a film that is less overtly political and a little more entertaining, but not without a moral or two....

'What to Do in Case of Fire'

In 1987, six young Berlin squatters fight street battles with police, smoke a lot of dope and film themselves making a home-made pressure-cooker bomb. The bomb is a dud and soon forgotten.

However, 12 years later it goes off - the group have long since disbanded and some of them are a bit more conservative and traditional than they used to be...


Friday, 20 December
Doors open: 6pm
Film starts: 6.30pm

People's Cinema, 57 Manners St, Wellington

Watch the trailer here.
Original: Was tun, wenn's brennt. 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Huia Books

We have a new order of both fiction and non-fiction Huia Books in the Shop available at especially low prices.

The books include both the Māori and English editions of 'Maumahara ki tērā Nōema' / 'Remember That November' - a children's book about the story of the invasion of Parihaka on 5th November 1881. As one young reader put it, “The book was in two halves. One was about a man called Guy (who had) fireworks. He tried to blow up the king and his men… Part 2: The government tried to take the Maori land. The government won, but MAORI came back and WIN IT BACK.

We have several others books specifically about Taranaki, including 'Ngāti Ruanui: A History', which Huia say is a 'fascinating, at times chilling, and ultimately inspiring' history of the South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui. The central theme of the book is described as 'the unwavering determination of the Ngāti Ruanui tribe to hold onto their land and their autonomy'.

We also have both volumes of 'Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough' - volume one: 'Te Tangata me te Whenua - The People and the Land' and volume two: 'Te Ara Hou – The New Society'. The first volume, published in 2004, is based on reports written by the authors to background iwi and hapu claims to the Waitangi Tribunal. The second volume was published three years later and looks specifically at the effects of colonisation in the area.
We also have both the Māori and English editions of the NZ Post Māori Language Award winner of 2012 - 'Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration'. The author, Chris Winitana, says the book "weaves together the many independent threads of action undertaken by a great number of people to ensure the survival of the Māori language. It follows the efforts of Māori from 1972 and the petition for the Māori language to bring our language out of the shadows and into the light."

Here is a complete list of the Huia Books we have recently added to our shelves:
  • Huia Histories of Māori: Ngā Tāhuhu Kōrero; 
  • Hikoi: Forty Years of Maori Protest;
  • Sexuality and The Stories of Indigenous People; 
  • Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism;
  • My Language, My Inspiration Tōku Reo / Tōku Ohooho – My Language, My Inspiration; 
  • Ngoingoi Pewhairangi: A Remarkable Life;
  • Te Wiremu – Henry Williams: Early Years in the North; 
  • The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-economic History of Te Arawa;
  • Contested Ground: Te Whenua i Tohea – The Taranaki Wars 1860–1881; 
  • The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget; 
  • Ngati Ruanui: A History;
  • Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough, Volume II: Te Ara Hou – The New Society; 
  • Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough, Volume I: Te Tangata me te Whenua – The People and the Land;
  • Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa; 
  • A Well Written Body;
  • Luminous; 
  • Dark Jelly; 
  • Josefa and the Vu; 
  • The Adventures of Vela;  
  • The Songmakers Chair;   
  • The Seven Stars of Matariki; 
  • Maumahara ki tērā Nōema / Remember That November