Indigenous home-making as public theology in the words and deeds of Maori leader, Wiremu Tamihana

Steve Taylor

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The theme of home yields rich insights when it is examined through diverse cultural lens, in this case in relation to New Zealand history. Methodologically, an approach of biography as missiology has been used in researching the life of Maori leader, Wiremu Tamihana. In word and deed his reimagining of home has been outlined: in planting an alternative indigenous community, in leadership reorganisation and in public speechmaking as a set of ethical acts shaped by a christological ethic. Translation theory has clarified Tamihana’s reading of Scripture, including the reversing of what is foreign and domestic, and a household code shaped by Christology. What Wiremu Tamihana offers is a theology of homemaking as a public theology of empire resistance. It suggests that creative responses to the empire can emerge through the ongoing renegotiation that happens as people move in the tides of history. A flexible justice-making is encouraged, one that uses the translations from the empire in resistance against the empire.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReimagining home
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding, reconciling and engaging with God's stories together
EditorsDarrell Jackson, Darren Cronshaw, Rosemary Dewerse
Place of PublicationMacquarie Park, N.S.W.
PublisherMorling Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9945725-9-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-9945725-8-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • indigenous
  • theology
  • identity
  • ancestral connection
  • Christian faith


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