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Name: Hirini Kaa (no middle name… long story)

Year of birth: 1972 (a big year for war & peace)

No whea: Ngati Porou (Rangitukia)/Ngati Kahungunu (Iwitea)


My Mahi: full time PhD Student at the University of Auckland (see below)

My Qualifications: I hold an M.A. with first class honours  in History from the University of Auckland.

My B.A. (also from Auckland University) majored in history but included papers in economics, english, and Maori studies.


My Whanau: My wife Te Paea is from Ngati Kahu

Baptised: By The Reverend Hone Kaa in Porangahau in 1972

Confirmed: By Bishop Paul Reeves at Holy Sepulchre Church in 1984

Ordained: Deacon in 2004 (Mangere); Priest in 2005  (Tikitiki) by Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu (Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau)

Favourite Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 Jesus calls the fishermen (so many powerful images for my whanau)

Best Non-Fiction Book: Richard White’s ‘The Roots of Dependency’ (I based my Masters thesis on it)

Favourite Album: kd lang’s ‘Ingénue’ , Tribe Called Quest’s ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm‘, Hinewehi Mohi’s ‘Oceania‘, and of course anything by Brannigan Kaa

My Church from my marae

Interests: Xbox baby! NRL teams (in order I’m afraid) Rabbitohs, West TigersWarriors


I’m currently studying fulltime doing a PhD from the History Department at the University of Auckland. My Topic is ‘The Maori Anglican Church as a site of Cultural Construction, 1830-1990.’ I suppose you could say I’m spending 4 years writing a book on how Mihinare interacted with their changing world. I’m due to finish in the middle of 2013. My supervisors are Dr Aroha Harris and Professor James Belich.

Favourite websites

Te Pouhere Korero – Maori historians’ space (#rtk12)

Anglican Down Under and Liturgy the two best bloggers on all things Anglican (as opposed to Mihinare :) )


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