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Kaumātua kōrero, the diaries of Iraia te Ama o te Rangi Te Whāiti (1890-1918)

The recipient of this year’s Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Grant, Pania Te Whāiti, will discuss her research project involving the diaries of Iraia te Ama o te Rangi Te Whāiti — the working notebooks of the South Wairarapa farmer and kaumātua who recorded (in te reo) 27 years of his life, his thoughts and his activities.

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The te reo Māori diaries of a South Wairarapa farmer

This month’s Connecting to Collections talk is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Turnbull Library.

Unfolding against the backdrop of the activities of influential prophet Pāora Te Pōtangaroa, Iraia’s story tells of the alienation of Wairarapa land by the Crown, the alienation of the Wairarapa Lakes, the printing of the Te Puke Ki Hikurangi newspaper, the Kotahitanga political movement, the Great War, and the illnesses that devastated the Māori population, ending with the 1918 influenza pandemic that claimed Iraia’s life.

The Friends of the Turnbull Library

The Friends of the Turnbull Library, Ngā Hoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull, offers a monthly programme of public talks that are free to all. The public programme highlights the work of researchers who draw on Turnbull material for their projects.

Friends of the Turnbull Library

About the speaker

Pania Te Whaiti (Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa) was awarded the Friends of the Turnbull Library research grant in 2021, for her research project Kaumātua Kōrero: The diaries of Iraia te-Ama-o-te-Rangi Te Whāiti.

Pania has worked as a lecturer/researcher at Victoria University in the Education Department, and is currently a Principal Policy Advisor with Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga — Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. She has co-authored and contributed essays to several publications, including Feminist Voices: Women’s Studies Texts (Oxford University Press, 1992), and was co-editor and a contributor to Mai i rangiatea: Māori well-being and development (Auckland University Press / Bridget Williams Books, 1997).

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Portrait of a woman sitting in a room with maps, notes and old photographs on the wall behind her.
Pania Te Whaiti.