Huia Come Home





Huia e huia, tangata kotahi!
Huia, your destiny is to bring everyone together!
Māori proverb

Once the sacred guardian of New Zealand’s native forests, the huia 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 Aotearoa; 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.

”This metaphorical treatise offers a rich tapestry of carefully researched history, extending an invitation to embrace and share in the stewardship of this beautiful whenua.” - Linda Burson Swift, Edge Kingsland

“A timely and prophetic parable for our times, taking a fresh scripture-infused look at the Eurocentric preconceptions that have coloured our Christian worldview.” - Keith Newman, author of Ratana the Prophet, Bible & Treaty, Beyond Betrayal

“Ruka has revolutionised through imagery and simplicity the process of reconciliation for my identity as a Māori woman and follower of Christ. As a legal advocate for Treaty rights in this nation these teachings inspire me to find better ways of healing the wounds in this land. “ - Puna Wano-Bryant, Lawyer and Iwi development manager

“Every New Zealander should hear this real life story, it has changed how I see myself and our nation - I am excited to better understand how we can move forward together, and where that could take us.”
- Petra Bagust, TV presenter

“Incredible! - it opens the eyes and shows a powerful, God-led (and uncomfortable) way forward for our two mighty people. Reading this book will change you!” - Mark Holloway, best selling author, The Freedom Diaries and Cry the Wounded Land.

“This book is a gift I have been waiting for. Thoughtful, readable and insightful, it is a gift to the whole land, an exploration of who we are that could lead us to healing, confidence and joy.” - John Dawson, President Emeritus YWAM International, Founder International Reconciliation Coalition

“Huia Come Home is that rarest of things: a book that matters. Beautifully written it shares deep insights relevant to so many of the questions we are all asking.” - Pete Greig, Emmaus Rd UK and 24-7 Prayer International

‘An invaluable resource!” - Cindy Ruakere, Music Artist & Communicator

“Beautiful and compelling. This is the story of what Ihu Karaiti has long been doing in Aotearoa” - Greg Fleming, Parenting Place CEO

”Ruka is part of a new breed of prophetic writers who are inspiring us to embrace in a new way the story of our land... this is a story full of hope and one that needs to be read by all.” - Fraser Hardy, LinkNZ Church Network

“Huia Come Home is influencing people to search out God’s plan for this land as Māori and Pākehā.” - Brad Haami, author of Pūtea Whakairo:

Maryanne Shearman (from Taranaki) is best known for her crisp paintings of New Zealand landscapes, often featuring birds. We were privileged to have her illustrate Huia Come Home, bringing to life our ideas and dream.  Please visit her website to see and buy her beautiful work, including her original illustrations drawn specifically for Huia Come