Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware project

This five-part podcast series tells the story of the life and times of Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha, a compelling figure in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand.

In the 1860s a man named Tamihana wrote a biography of his father, Ngāti Toaleader 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.

PHANZA members Emma Jean Kelly and David Green have been involved in the creation of the podcast which in April won a Gold Award for Best Education Podcast at the New York Festivals Radio Awards Storytellers Gala!

More information and how to listen to the podcast can be found here.