He aha te mea nui o te Ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata What is most precious and important in this world? It is people, it is people, it is people. A collection of poignant pepeha (Maori proverbs) explained in English with images of Maori that embody the messages. This precious gift book opens doors to a Maori world for everyone who is interested in the wisdom, values and advice of past generations.
Dr Hirini Moko Mead (Ngati Awa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhourangi) is a prominent writer and commentator. Author of over seventy books, papers and articles, he was foundation professor of Maori studies at Victoria University of Wellington. A scholar of rare expertise in Maori language and culture, Dr Mead was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Maori and to education in 2007. June Mead (Ngati Porou) is a former primary, secondary and tertiary teacher and public servant. June was closely involved in organising the Te Maori exhibition of Maori art and in the successful Maori bid to have Maori become an official New Zealand language.