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I te Timotanga. In the Beginning Retold and Illus. by Peter Gossage. Maori translation Na Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira. Pub. Scholastic

May 9, 2021 Comments off

In the beginning there was Ranginui the father and Papatuanuku the mother. They had many children but they lived in a dark world. Tangaroa, Tane, Rongo and the other children tried to part their parents and bring light into the World. Read this excellent Maori creation legend and see how they did it.

This legend was first written 20 years ago and the author has since died but his work lives on, as does the legend. The written text is simple and easy to read with the Maori text coming first and the English translation next to it.

Peter Gossage’s “stained glass technique” illustrations always impressed me and give enhancement to the written text.

The overall result is that the creation myth is more accessible to young and older readers. Check it out it is good.

The Haka of Tanerore. Te Haka a Tanerore by Reina Kahukiwa, Illus by Robyn Kahukiwa. Maori translation by Ko Kiwa Hammond.

January 4, 2021 Comments off

Probably the best known aspect of Maori culture both here in NZ and overseas is the haka. Where did it come from? This is a creative interpretation based on the korero preserved in the traditions of Tupuna Maori. And a very interesting tale it is too.

Tamanuitera is the sun and he is a bit lonely and went down to Earth for a companion. He found Hine Takura, fell in love and lived where the sky merges into the ocean. While they lived there winter conditions existed in the land of Tane so Tamanuitera brought the sunshine back.

In the process he met and fell in love with Hine Raumati, they fell in love and had a son Tanerore.

Tanerore was a dancer and he began to dance and stamp his feet in rhythm. His mother liked his movements and learnt them herself and thus the first haka. Where the words came from I am not sure.

Robyn Kahikwa’s illustrations once again reflect Maori culture with the boy Tanerore a sight to see and there is a beautiful pohutukawa tree that springs to life when Tamanuitera returns to the land of Tane.

Great for teaching Maori legend and with bilingual text suitable for the teaching of Maori language.