The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary, collected by Edward Robert Tregear and published in 1891 in Aotearoa/New Zealand, remains a valuable taonga for our times. Pacific Island nations gather within its pages helping Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa rise about the din of sea-view commodification and broken-hearted sorrow. We sing and resonate with each other within these pages as we explore our oceanic intelligence with vocabulary and definitions that highlight values, stories, concepts, insights, and observable knowledge we share as mana Moana.
Expansive as the Pacific itself, this comparative dictionary is a rare and extraordinary guide for all students of Oceania. It contains over 700 pages of entries in Māori, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, Rarotongan, Marquesan, Mangarevan, Paumotan, and Moriori with helpful pronunciation and information relevant to linguistics, historians, researchers, and academics.