Sleeps Standing Moetū

Sleeps Standing Moetū

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Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Instead of following the usual standpoint of the victors, this book takes a Maori perspective. It is centred around Witi Ihimaera's moving novella, Sleeps Standing, which views the battle through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy named Moetū. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with waiata, images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who tried to protect their culture and land. It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- 'E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!' 'Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!
Publisher: Auckland :, Vintage,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: 221 pages :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kelly, Hēmi
Notes: In Maori and English.


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Te Reo o te wiki Māori : Sleeps Standing / Moetū by Witi Ihimaera

"E hoa, ka whawhaitonu mātou, ake, ake, ake!" "Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!" Sleeps Standing / Moetū (Witi Ihimaera and Hēmi Kelly) Kia ora readers. What a coup for Te wiki o te Reo Māori this book is. A bilingual text in Māori and English, Sleeps Standing / Moetū is written by Witi Ihimaera (Te Whnau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Tuhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngā… (more)

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Written to honour the people of Ngāti Maniapoto and at a time when Aotearoa is beginning to officially commemorate the New Zealand Wars, Sleeps Standing/ Moetū tells the story of the last battle of the Waikato Wars – the battle of Ōrakau in 1864. This book is a mixture of fact and fiction. Witi I... Read More »

Bilingual and a mix of fiction and non-fiction that tells the story of the Battle of Orākau. With Māori translation by Hemi Kelly.

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