Of all those whose writings document the unfolding encounter between Maori and European in the years between our 'Mayflower moment' in 1814 and our founding moment in 1840, there is one voice--a Pakeha Maori voice--that is more artful than most.
Is the Pakeha Maori voice merely a disguise assumed to promote a colonial agenda advocated in plainer terms elsewhere?
Because they married into Maori families, because they spoke the language and adjusted to Maori ways--because they were 'between worlds'--these men became known as Pakeha Maori.
For example, early one morning, the Pakeha Maori is challenged by a muru party led by a friend:
The Pakeha Maori discovers he had been grievously at fault.
Maning's own experiences with these potential difficulties lie behind the great story of how the Pakeha Maori purchased his estate: I
The Pakeha Maori has a deed written in English that he is perfectly satisfied with, but far from insisting on the validity of his document, Maning underlines the inevitability of mutual incomprehension in all such documents--most especially the one signed at Waitangi in 1840.
Now, keep this kind of language, the language of formally-presented legal evidence, in mind as the Pakeha Maori tells us what subsequently happened when, some years later, he received notice to appear before certain persons called 'Land Commissioners':
The other chiefs, 'checkmated' by this bold stroke, let the rangatira have his way, and so the Pakeha Maori himself becomes part of the price paid for his very own land--if indeed he can still be said to own the land when his rangatira owns him.
A Pakeha Maori, on the other hand, would find ways of passing on his compliance costs to the ordinary people of the tribe, but he had to be very careful not to lose value by getting himself a bad name as 'a pakeha pakeke--a hard pakeha; [or] a pakeha taehae--a miser' (p.
On the second day we moved to the University of Auckland for sessions about topics such as "Performing Maori: The Pakeha Maori
and Maori Nightingale," to the central role of libraries in music scholarship, and a paper about research into the legendary jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani.