Te Ahi Kã - The Fires of Occupation

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Te Ahi Kã - The Fires of Occupation

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The Whanganui River is the lifeblood of the Māori. The tribes of Whanganui take their name, their spirit and their strength from the great river, which flows from the mountains of the central North Island in New Zealand to the Tasman Sea. In 1996 I spent 6 months in the middle and upper reaches of the Whanganui River in an area known as the King Country. Here I met Māori who were in the process of de-colonising their people and returning to their ancestral land, Mangapapapa on the steep banks of the river inside Whanganui National Park. At the end of my journey I was given a Māori name Pouma Pokai-Whenua. Returning 20 years later to rekindle our spiritual kinship Te Ahi Kā explores the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its ancestors, between Māori and me. 

Photographs: Martin Toft   
Book concept: Martin Toft, Ania Nałęcka-Milach
Book design: Ania Nałęcka-Milach, Tapir Book Design
Editing and sequencing: Rafal Milach
Texts: Martin Toft in interviews with Hokio Te-Rangi Ngataierua.Tinirau, Te Tawhero Haitana and Tukaiora Haitana December 2016. Tape recordings from hui at Tieke Marae 24 April 1996
Translations: Hokio Te-Rangi Ngataierua. Tinirau
Proofreading: Hokio Te-Rangi Ngataierua. Tinirau, Anahera Ngataierua
TeKere Hosè, Pauline Syvret and Nick Falle
Dimensions: 205mm (h) x 165mm (w)
Pages: 200 pages
Images 76 photographs, colour and monochrome
Printed on: Fedrigoni Tatami Ivory, Munken Pure and Crush Kiwi
Typeset TT Norms
Printing and binding: Argraf, Warszawa
Binding: Hardcover thread-sewn, linen with letterpress and hot-stamping
Printed in Poland
Print run: 1500 copies (1450 trade editions, 40 special editions, 10 collectors edition)

First published in the United Kingdom in 2018 by
Dewi Lewis Publishing
8 Broomfield Road, Heaton Moor
Stockport SK4 4ND, England
www.dewilewis.com

All rights reserved
© 2018
Photographs and text: Martin Toft
This edition: Dewi Lewis Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-911306-38-2

Covers: Embers – male version, Fern – female version

Published with financial support from Creative New Zealand, Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund and Te Mana o Te Awa grant administered by Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui.