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Renata’s Journery: Ko te Haerenga o Renata – Helen Hogan and Renata Kawepo Tama Ki Hikurangi (1994)

This book is one of the earliest surviving pieces of Māori writing of significant length. Renata’s Journey is a travel account by Renata Kawepo Tama Ki Hikurangi undertaken in 1843-44.

Publication details

Hogan, H. M., R. K. Tama-Ki-Hikurangi and W. C. Cotton. Renata’s Journey: Ko te Haerenga o Renata. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 1994.

About the book

The original Māori text of Renata’s Journey is published in parallel with an English translation. It is one of the earliest surviving pieces of writing in Māori and provides an account from a Māori perspective of a journey undertaken in 1843-44 when the author, Renata Kawepo (Ngāti Kahungunu) was among Bishop Selwyn's party visiting Anglican mission posts throughout the North Island and Nelson. Helen Hogan has provided annotated translations of this nineteenth century Māori writing which is an important and essential source of early Māori history. Kawepo’s writing represents the first extended travel narrative by and for Māori.

Further information 

  • Out of print

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.