The Second Great Migration
Today in parliament Hon.Willie Jackson, Minister for Employment and Associate Minister for Māori Development sponsors the book launch of Urban Māori, The Second Great Migration – “The launch of this book is long overdue and is not an us and them day, but an us and us day”.
Commissioned by Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust and authored by Bradford Haami, this book explores what being Māori means today.
“Urban Māori had to evolve and develop new tikanga. We had to develop new marae that
celebrated our tribal diversity but did not wallow in our tribal differences …” John Tamihere, CEO, Te Whānau o Waipareira
The post-1945 migration to the cities by Māori transformed Aotearoa New Zealand forever. Before the Second World War 90% of Māori lived in rural tribal communities; by the mid-1970s almost 80% lived in the cities —perhaps the fastest movement of any population from traditional homelands to the cities. Economic opportunity improved the lot of many but created huge disruption and challenges, making this a story of expectation, need, loss, isolation and revival.
Bradford Haami looks back to the experience of the first migrants, and traces the development of an urban Māori identity over the following years. It comprises of first-person accounts of migrants, readable history and numerous photos, covering the full spectrum of the migration experience. It’s ground-breaking accounts of urban marae, social deprivation, trade training schemes and the Māori experience in Australia.
As John Tamihere writes in his foreword:
“We have thousands of Māori, now buried in public cemeteries away from their tribal lands, who need to have their story told. We need their grandchildren to know the difficulties and challenges that confronted their ancestors. This book tells the sacrifices made and the obstacles overcome.”
This book can be purchased from Whitcoulls for $39.99 https://t.co/9zNRMXyaKb
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