In 2016, Kylan Luke-McKeen managed the publication of a new edition of the multimedia text Toiapiapi: A collection of Māori musical treasures, by Hirini Melbourne.
In 1991, Dr Hirini Melbourne (1949–2003) released what would become the seminal introduction of taonga pūoro (customary musical instruments) to Aotearoa. In 2016, the team and I had the privilege to work on the 25th anniversary edition of Toiapiapi.
Understanding that a sense of tribute was applied, the team took to their areas with full spirits, ready to take on the challenges. And there were plenty.
This publication featured the work of two designers, new songs and content and included a CD. There was a lot to manage. For the team, editing Māori was a new concept for the editor; the marketing team had to generate bilingual collateral and start a website; and our typesetter handled many revisions to set out the text, images and CD design.
Overall, we achieved a lot and were awarded with being featured on Te Karere and seeing the final product welcomed into the hands of Dr Melbourne’s whānau and colleagues. It was a true honour to work on Toiapiapi and to see it come to life again for a new generation.