For writers

Would you like to be a part of a group of writers who contribute stories for us all to share?

If you are a writer (or a budding writer) with a passion for writing and research, and who can write concisely, get the stories down, check the facts, find the sources, then please come help.

On the other hand, if you know where the stories are but want someone else to write it up, no problem. Contact me 🙂

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini.
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

What this guide is for?

This guide helps to set a standard for solid writing, good research and readable text.  It will also enable those of you who wish to reference what is here, to do so in a credible way.

What should you send?

If you have a historical story or article that you think is significant and might be a part of our history – then send it.

Can you ask someone to help you write?

Yes, if you would rather tell you story in person or by phone then use the contact form and I’ll be in touch.

The golden rules when writing

Remember the golden rule: Who, what, when, where, why and how.

Te Reo

Your contribution can be in English or Te Reo Rangatira (Maori) or mixed.

Truth as you know it

Stories or articles must be true (well as true as you know it to be). This is about history and knowing our shared past and so even if you cannot verify a story, at least try to be as accurate as you can and let me know if you’re not sure about some parts. It’s also okay to ask someone to fill the gaps or verify aspects to encourage collaboration and to help confirm stories.

Good logical flow

Use a good writing style and ensure that you have a clear and logical flow of information. A well written article will be a pleasure to read.


Your tone needs to be neutral and informative. No verbal ‘bashing’ will be published.

No macrons

Like our tupuna, we do not use macrons (or double vowels that stand in for macrons) on words or text that is in Te Reo. Macrons are a new addition to the language introduced to assist language learners. Double vowels should only be included if they were in use before 1950. Also, macrons play havoc with searching – search engines often do not recognise macroned vowels.

Spelling & grammar

Please check your spelling and grammar to ensure there are no errors.

Quoting people

If you are quoting people then note it and put quote marks around their words, but if you do use quote marks then keep it verbatim, and put your personal notes in brackets. For example, if say their spelling is incorrect “… at mangamuku (note: Mangamuka) we went …”


Do not plagarise (pinch someone else’s work!)

If you reference a published work, please provide the full formal reference citation to the material. For example, Journal of the Polynesian Society 66 (1957): 219–235

If you reference a website, please provide the full website address (URL) to the relevant page, and write the date that you retrieved the information. For example, “Retrieved 18 June 2009 from the XYZ website ”

If you heard your ‘story’ from your Aunty Mere, then provide her full name . For example, … Aunty Mere (Mereana Smith-Kamira) told us that …

Big story

If your story is too big for the online form, still send the form with all the details but mention that you have the actual story in a text document such as Word (it should have a .doc or .txt extension in the filename). I will contact you to tell you how to send it.


If you would like to submit an image to go with your story, please say so in your submission and I will be in touch to tell you how. Make sure there is no copyright associated with the picture.


If you disagree with someone else’s information, then your contribution will need to identify the disagreement clearly, rationally and without personal attack.

Finally …

This is not Wikipedia but it’s close. People can contribute constructively to each other’s work but I always check for mischief-makers and spammers. So the updates or comments you send will be delayed until I get time to check them.

The Kamira Whanau website reserves the right to edit your contributions to ensure they are readable, complete and clear. Editing may occur to ensure the language and tone is neutral, or to make the material more concise.

I may also contact you with suggestions to complete your story if required. For example, I may ask you to add references or explain some areas further.

If other people add approved comments these will be shown on the page.

So who is this bossy website taniwha? Kia ora, I’m Robyn Kamira. I bring a bit of writing experience in academic papers, reports, articles and books to this website, and luckily I can get around the technology pretty well so can look after this website too.

I will treat your work respectfully and with aroha. From time to time, I may seek the guidance of others to ensure the contributions are appropriate regarding subject, relevance, areas of tikanga, etc.

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