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Home: Here to Stay – Mere Kēpa, Marilyn McPherson and Linita Manu’atu. (Eds). (2015)

This is a collection of 12 academic essays that consider understandings of home and the impact of dominant societies on indigenous societies and their homes.

Publication details

Kēpa, M., M. McPherson and L. Manu’atu. (Eds). Home: Here to Stay. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2015.

About the book

Home: here to stay is a collection of 12 essays considering a range of issues and ideas close to the heart of Māori and other indigenous people. Home: Here to Stay draws you in to some of the most pressing issues indigenous and colonised communities face today. This book covers topics around the spiritual, physical and emotional concepts of home for Māori, including language loss and preservation, the loss of home and the retention of land, various aspects of Māori health, and an introduction to many aspects of Te Ao Māori.

The content of the book developed out of years of dialogue and critical reflection between the authors and fellow researchers and indigenous scholars. The authors introduce the concept of home for indigenous and colonised peoples to be something of an apparition, a distant memory and fond ideals, something that cannot always be touched and is not necessarily tangible, but visible in people’s culture, language, health, stories, hopes and dreams.

Home: here to stay is the third book in the series of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga edited collections. Previous titles in this collection include Māori and Social Issues and The Value of the Māori Language.


Further information 


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.