Author(s): Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
This hugely popular and magnificently illustrated book, compiled by a group of Maori scholars from the University of Waikato, is the closest there has ever been to a 'complete' book on moko. Mau Moko examines the use of moko by traditional Maori, notes historical material including manuscripts and unpublished, oral sources, and links the art to the present day. It explores the cultural and spiritual issues surrounding moko and relates dozens of stories, many of them powerful and heart-warming, from wearers and artists. Mau Moko is superbly enhanced by images from early European encounters, traditional Maori representations, and new colour photography commissioned for the book by Becky Nunes.
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is a cultural activist, writer, research professor and frustrated artist. Her PhD (1981) focused on tourism and Maori culture. Since then, she has served on various governance boards in the arts and the academy. She has worked as a museum curator, art historian and repatriation consultant. Now at the University of Waikato, she is interested in heritage issues, gender, the arts and cultural studies. She enjoys haka, cats and half marathons, which take her home to Waiariki, along the Waikato, and towards Waikaremoana.