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1893-1895


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Background

Region National
Available online 1893-1895

Huia Tangata Kotahi (Unite the People, 1893-1895) was edited by Ihaia Hutana of Ngati Kahungunu.

The title is derived from the whakatauki: ‘Huia e, huia tangata kotahi; Toroa e, toroa whakapai tangata’ (Huia (bird), your destiny is to bring everyone together; While yours, Albatross is but to adorn) (8 February 1893: 1).

The newspaper is described as an important step in the Kotahitanga (Maori Parliament) Movement: ‘He tikanga nui tenei ma tatou i roto ito tatou kotahitanga kia whiwhi tatou ite nupepa, hei whakatu, hei whaka marama, inga tikanga, i roto ito tatou, kotahitanga ... hei kanohi, hei reo, hei karere, mo tatou i runga ito tatou kotahitanga (ibid.: 1–2) (This is an important step for us, - for Te Kotahitanga, to have our own newspaper to set out and explain our movement's actions...to be our face, voice and messenger).

For further information about the newspaper, see P Parkinson and P Griffith, Books in Maori, (Auckland: Reed, 2004), S33, pp. 801–802.  For comment on the significance of bird imagery in the context of this paper, see J McRae, ‘E Manu, Tena Koe!’ in Rere Atu, Taku Manu! edited by J Curnow, N Hopa and J McRae (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2002), pp. 42–59 (pp. 48–49).

The National Library would like to thank Gail Dallimore for providing information used in essays about Maori newspapers.

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