Finally Te Ahi Kā has reached the shores of New Zealand and yesterday the books were blessed in a special Māori ceremony in Auckland. Such an honour and privilege to be part of this special journey that began in 1996 when we returned home to the ancestral homeland of Mangapapapa.
I like to acknowledge all tangata whenua who welcomed me onto their land and taught me about the ancestral ways of their old people, especially Te Whanau O Tieke and Te Whanau O Mangapapapa, Ngā Uri O Tamahaki. My sincere gratitude to the Trustees of Te Wananga O Mangapapapa Trust in their support, especially Anahera whose input has been invaluable and to my elders Hokio Te-Rangi, Tawhero and Tukaiora – tēnā koutou katoa.
A personal thanks to book designer Ania Nałęcka-Milach and Rafał Milachfor their help in shaping this project into a book. Publishers Dewi Lewis and Peter Dowling from Oratia Media for their support and work in distributing the book to a wider audience around the world. Very proud of my step-daughter Indra-Kaye Staunton and partner Callum who travelled from Jersey and spoke on my behalf at the blessing.
Dedicated to the memory of Paiki Johnson.
‘Always walk with the cautiousness of the Pūkeko at your feet. Express your being with the joy and unpredictableness of the Tīwaiwaka. Speak your truth with the wisdom and stillness like the Ruru. Be strong and direct like the Tūī. Hold on to your higher-self for you are like the Huia. Be observant like the Hokio-ite-Rangi.’
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This weekend from Fri 23 - Sun 25 Nov Te Ahi Kā will be available for viewing and purchase at the Author's Table at Feira do Livro de Fotografia de Lisboa - Lisbon's Photobook Fair. Here is a video listing a full programme of events, books launches and talks. Don't miss it!
Jersey friends and folk, if you are in St Helier tomorrow evening please come down to CCA Galleries International between 5:30-7:00 pm for the Jersey launch of Te Ahi Kā. You will be greeted with a warm welcome, Māori blessing and a glass of mulled wine. Books signings will follow afterwards and an opportunity to purchase limited edition prints from the project too. Earlier today I spoke with James Hand on radio at BBC Jersey (around 01:42 into his programme)
We are having a Jersey launch of my new book Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation on Thursday 22 Nov 5:30-7:00 pm at the CCA Galleries International, 10 Hill St, St Helier, Jersey.
The launch will include a Māori blessing and a reading from the book at 6 pm and will be held in a festive spirit served with Danish gluhwein.
All editions of the book, including trade, special and collector’s editions will be available for purchase.
In addition, a set of 4 Limited Edition prints and framed prints, including an unpublished triptych from the project will be on sale too.
This event is for family and friends or anybody wishing to learn more about Māori culture and their unique relationship with nature, ancestors and spirituality.
We are getting ready for our European launch and book signing of Te Ahi Kā - The Fires of Occupation during Paris Photo. Signed copies and all editions - including Special and Collector's Editions are available for purchase. Please come and say hi!
Friday 9 Nov 18:00 Dewi Lewis Publishing at Grand Palais
For Jersey friends and folks there will be a special book signing event and sale of limited editions prints on Thursday 22 Nov 5:30-7:00pm at CCA Galleries International, St Helier. More to follow soon!