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A collection of writing for Ihumātao

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A collection of writing for Ihumātao

The events at Ihumātao have brought up a lot of feelings for Māori all over the motu. We wanted to invite people to respond artistically to these events, as we already observed that many Māori were already creating in response to the historical trauma brought up by Ihumātao. Each writer was called to respond in whichever way they saw fit, and the pieces were mostly written within the space of two weeks. We are a group who aim to amplify all Māori voices in order to tautoko the haukāinga and kaitiaki of Ihumātao. Though some of us hold mana whenua to the land of Ihumātao, we do not purport to speak on behalf of mana whenua as a rōpū. We come from a position of aroha, kotahitanga and manaakitanga. We come to Ihumātao as Māori who all have complex histories of our own.

During such a confusing and difficult time, we wanted to bring together a multitude of Māori voices, to highlight our similarities and our differences, and to stand strong together, to rise to tautoko what we believe to be a pivotal moment in the history of Aotearoa.


This collection was brought together by Hana Pera Aoake, Sinead Overbye, essa may ranapiri, and Michelle Rahurahu Scott. We want to mihi to all of the poets who were so willing to contribute their words. Your generosity has been astonishing. We would also like to thank Maioha Kara for providing our cover art. Thank you to our tūpuna and our whānau. Your blood runs hot in our veins. And a huge acknowledgement to the people of SOUL and Ihumātao. This book is for you.


All physical copies of Te Rito o Te Harakeke have now sold out, and at this stage we have no plans to print more copies.

If you have any further enquiries feel free to contact us at

We would like to thank everyone who did purchase a copy for their generous support. Proceeds from this book have been donated to SOUL.

Cover art: Pono by Maioha Kara (Waikato, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa and Ngāti Porou)

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