Monday, June 26, 2017

Launch Invitation - Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

Please join us to celebrate:

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

By Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins

Tuai will be launched at Kororeka Marae in the Bay of Islands, then celebrated at the Kohia Centre in Auckland.

Kororeka, Bay of Islands

When: Saturday 8 July 2017, 1.00–3.00pm
Where: Kororeka Marae, Te Whare Haratu, Kororareka, Bay of Islands
RSVP for afternoon tea to Deb at or phone 027 289 4044
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When: Thursday 13 July 2017, 5.30–7.30pm
Where: Kohia Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland
RSVP: For light catering purposes please RSVP to Alison at, Kuni at or text 021 13 909 57.
Directions: Parking is in Gate 1 and 2 of the Faculty of Education and Social Work on Epsom Ave. The Kohia Centre is just inside Gate 1 on the left.
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All welcome.

Alison Jones, Kuni Kaa Jenkins, and the BWB Team

About the Book

In early 1817 Tuai, a young Ngare Raumati chief from the Bay of Islands, set off for England. He was one of a number of Maori who, after encountering European explorers, traders and missionaries in New Zealand, seized opportunities to travel beyond their familiar shores to Australia, England and Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

On his epic journey Tuai would visit exotic foreign ports, mix with teeming crowds in the huge metropolis of London, and witness the marvels of industrialisation at the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. With his lively travelling companion Titere, he would attend fashionable gatherings and sit for his portrait. He shared his deep understanding of Maori language and culture. And his missionary friends did their best to convert him to Christianity.

But on returning to his Maori world in 1819, Tuai found there were difficult choices to be made. His plan to integrate new European knowledge and relationships into his Ngare Raumati community was to be challenged by the rapidly shifting politics of the Bay of Islands.

Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins uncover the remarkable story of one of the first Maori travellers to Europe.

For more information, contact or go to the BWB website.

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