• Huia Come Home

  • By: J. Ruka
  • Narrated by: J. Ruka
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once the sacred guardian of New Zealand's native forests, the hHuia was a symbol of the land's unique beauty and spirituality. The rare bird's tragic extinction in the early 1900s represents a shot to the heart of Aotearoa and is a potent metaphor for a country's conflicted history.

Using the story of the untimely extinction of the huia, J. Ruka offers a fresh perspective on the narrative of New Zealand: a tale of two cultures, warring worldviews, and the things we lost in translation.

Revisiting the early missionaries, the transformative message of the Gospel, and the cultural missteps of the Treaty of Waitangi, Huia Come Home invites us to reconnect with the unique story offered by the indigenous Māori lens.

In relearning the history that lies in the soil of Aotearoa, we might just find a shared hope for the future and a recovery of national treasures once thought to be extinct.

©2017 Jefferson Lucas (aka J. Ruka) (P)2018 Jefferson Lucas (aka J. Ruka)
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An incredible journey! Will read again and again.

This is an amazing integration of New Zealand history, Maori world view, Christian vision. Recommended!

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  • 02-07-22

Essential background for any NZer

This is a very well researched and written book. Jay has a deep understanding of both his Māori and Pakeha roots. Combined with extensive research into NZ church history, this book gives valuable insight into historical grievances and why our churches currently look how they do.
I like hearing a book read by its author, so I don't get someone else's slant on the material. However, I struggled listening at times as Jay sounded almost monotonous. I have heard him in person on two occasions, with more passion and energy than there was in this reading, so I know that he can bring it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-21

Thank you God. Spiritual enlightenment.

I will listen to this book over & over again. Aotearoa NZ's spiritual journey using our extinct Huia bird as an analagy of 200 years of cultural suppression in the name of God.
Highly recommended listening. The author, Jay Ruka is very easy to listen to. Thank you Jay.

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  • Johanna
  • 09-16-21

Powerful

Incredibly powerful and important story which every New Zealander, Christian or otherwise, should learn from.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-21

Ka mau te wehi!

That was an amazing listen, every Christian and kiwi needs to read/hear this! Loved the history provided and the massive challenge directed at the church, flippin awesome. This book has challenged me as well, and from that I hope to grow

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  • Yvonne Vujcich
  • 10-30-20

The imprtance of learning our history

Gave me new understandings and insights to deeper connections of christianity, the treaty and our history. Time to reflect now on what I will do with this new understandings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-20

Ross Richards Shared The Title Of This Book 13/07

Totally Shocked By What I Learnt, It Aquired My Patience & Attention.
Found It Interesting 😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

Eye-opening

As a New Zealander, the untold history of the Gospel and Maori is important. This book challenges the long held western christian world view that is something that has been manufactured not from the Gospel but an interpretation is just one interpretation of it. The book and writer holds high the indigenous and spiritual world view of Maori and champions the fact that it is closer and more related to an authentic original Gospel of Jesus than we are lead to believe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-19

Important, challenging, inspirational

This is a hugely important book for Pakeha to challenge their world view. The narrator was excellent.

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  • krystle
  • 07-09-19

Beautiful

This is one of those books that grip you and encourage you to step out further. Such a powerful story. Kia māia, kia manawanui