He Pitopito Korero no te Perehi M ori Readings from the Maori Language Press is a reader of various articles and content from 19th-century Maori newspapers. The editors, Jenifer Curnow, Jane McRae and Ngapare Hopa, released a successful book of essays on Maori-language newspapers, Rere Atu, Taku Manu! (AUP), in 2002, and this new companion volume is sure to be popular with the same audience. For easy use and comparison, the Maori and English texts have been placed alongside one another, illustrating a fascinating range of tone, style and subject. The book contains an introduction followed by six sections divided thematically: From the Editors, Letters,Articles, News, Obituaries and Advertisements. Curnow, McRae and Hopa have chosen from the wealth of material available a representative, insightful selection of Maori-language texts that are incomparably useful as a reflection of New Zealand history and Maori attitudes as well as a wonderful resource for students of Maori language and culture.
Jenifer Curnow is a librarian and researcher in the Maori studies department at the University of Auckland. She has published many articles on Maori-related topics and a number of bibliographies of Maori tribal material. Jane McRae is a member of the the Maori studies department at the University of Aukland. She has published the results of a number of research projects on Maori literature, language, and history commissioned by the New Zealand Department of Maori Affairs and the Maori Land Court. They are the coeditors of Nga Moteatea: The Songs and Rere Atu Taku Manu: Discovering History, Language, and Politics in the Maori Language Newspapers.