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Prologue: Te Pukapuka

Episode 1: Kāwhia

Episode 2: Ngā Heke

Episode 3: Kapiti

Episode 4: Te Waipounamu

Episode 5: Te Ao Hurihuri


Podcast channels

Available now on Podbean; Apple podcasts and Spotify

About the podcast series

In the 1860s a man named Tamihana wrote a biography of his father, Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha, so his story would not be forgotten. 130 years later, a young student named Ross Calman found the manuscript of Tamihana in a library. He promised himself he would learn te reo Māori, and one day be able to read his ancestor’s words.

Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware is a five-part podcast about the life of Te Rauparaha – a hero to some, a villain to others.

The podcast follows the narrative of the account of Tamihana of the life of Te Rauparaha, with vivid descriptions of the rivals of Te Rauparaha, battle scenes, loves and faith.

Nearly 175 years after his death, Te Rauparaha remains an intriguing character. He’s been immortalised in fiction, poetry, film, waiata and haka, and has his name on the side of an arena. Through interviews with his descendants and tribal historians both ally and enemy, the series will examine the tikanga of the time, the true meaning of utu, and the effects of muskets and early colonisation on Māori warfare, as well as the ways that history can be shaped by personal agendas and misinterpretations.

Ross Calman, historian and translator, is the host of Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware, commissioned by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, produced by Popsock Media and supported by Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira.

Robert Eruera and Ross Colman looking through an old book
Host of the podcast Ross Calman speaks with the Pou Whakarae – Taonga Tuku Iho (Heritage Māori Advisor) Robert Eruera about the manuscript of Tamihana Te Rauparaha during research for the podcast. Credit: Kirsten Johnstone.

Copyright statement

Participants in the podcast are the recognised owners of their mātauranga; Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira (on behalf of descendants) are the kaitiaki of Ngāti Toa history, the story of Te Rauparaha and the work of Tamihana Te Rauparaha.

Extracts from He Pukapuka Tātaku i ngā Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui/A Record of the Life of the Great Te Rauparaha, Copyright Ross Calman/Auckland University Press, 2020

For any enquiries re permission to reuse/quote please contact the speaker or their rūnanga.

Due to cultural considerations, transcripts have not been provided for this podcast, but are available for accessibility purposes upon request to [email protected] .



Te Rauparaha biography (Te Ara)

Te Rauparaha biography, events and articles (NZHistory)

Posters and flyers

Poster – green (PDF, 4MB)

Poster – red (PDF, 4MB)

Flyer – green (PDF, 3.6MB)

Flyer – red (PDF, 3.6MB)

You are welcome to download, print-off and distribute these poster and flyer files relating to the project.

Toa Waaka
Voice actor Toa Waaka (Ngāti Toa) is the voice of Tamihana Te Rauparaha in the podcast ‘Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware’. Credit: Charlotte Kelleher - CK Film Designs


Executive producer, sound editor and designer: Kirsten Johnstone (Ngāi Tahu).

Co-writer and narrator: Ross Calman (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu).

Voice of Tamihana Te Rauparaha: Toa Waaka (Ngāti Toa, Te Āti Awa).

Iwi historians/kaikōrero: Matiu Baker (Ngāti Toa), John Barrett (Ngāti Toa), Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu), Heeni Collins (Ngāti Raukawa), Peter Meihana (Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Toa), Dr Te Taku Parai (Ngāti Toa), Tā Matiu Rei (Ngāti Toa), Professor Te Maire Tau (Ngāi Tahu), Ariana Tikao (Ngāi Tahu), Piripi Walker (Ngāti Raukawa).

Kaitiaki o te pukapuka/kaikōrero: Robert Eruera (Ngāpuhi) – Auckland Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero.

Music: Mokotron (Ngāti Hine), Ariana Tikao (Ngāi Tahu), Alistair Fraser – Taonga Puoro, Phil Boniface – Double Bass.

Sound recording: Phil Brownlee (Ngāti Toa).

Sound engineer: Anaru Dalziel (Pākehā) and Phil Brownlee.

Project manager/ historian researcher: Emma-Jean Kelly (Airihi Pākehā).

Historians: Sinead Overbye (Te Whānau-a-Kai, Ngāti Porou), David Green (Ngāi Tahu, Pākehā).

Script advisor: Melody Thomas ­– Popsock Media.

Illustration: Huriana Kopeke Te Aho (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Fale'ula).

Graphic design: Monique Hamon and Te Mata team at Manatū Taonga.