• Ko Mauao Te Maunga: Legend of Mauao Bilingual
    Ko Mauao Te Maunga: Legend of Mauao Bilingual
    The history of Mauao, along with the legend, is one of heartbreak and struggle, but also one of endurance, strength and unity. Mauao stands guard at the entrance to Te Awanui, the Tauranga Harbour. At over two million years old, he is a tipuna and sacred taonga, manifesting both the past and the present, as well as giving us hope for the future. This book was released to commemorate the return of Mauao to Tauranga iwi in 2008, the creation of joint management under Nga Poutiriao o Mauao in 2013, the recognition of Mauao as wahi tapu in 2014, and the signing of the Mauao Historic Reserve Management Plan on 11 June 2018.

    ISBN: 9780473297060
    Publication date: 15/06/2018
    Price: $35.99
    Author: Mccauley, Debbie/Waaka, Tamati
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.99
  • Maori Myths and Legendary Tales
    Maori Myths and Legendary Tales
    This book was first published in 1946 as Myths and Legends of Maoriland, and subsequently reprinted four times before the second edition was published in 1958, followed by the third edition in 1961. It went on to become one of New Zealand's most recognised books of the genre, winning an Esther Glen medal for the best children's book in 1947, and enjoyed considerable popularity in London, New York and Australia. This new edition retains the work of illustrator Dennis Turner and is presented with a stunning new cover based on the 'Rangi and Papa' mural, by highly acclaimed artist Cliff Whiting, which now hangs in the Beehive in Wellington.

    ISBN: 9781877246104
    Publication date: 01/07/1999
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Reed, A.W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Maori Tales of Long Ago
    Maori Tales of Long Ago
    Maori Tales of Long Ago is a fresh facsimile edition of a classic collection of sixteen stories adapted from Maori mythology for a young readership. The tales were originally published by A.W. & A.H. Reed during the late 1940s in two hardback volumes, Maori Tales of Long Ago and Wonder Tales of Maoriland. Best-sellers of their time, they gave a generation of New Zealand children a lyrical introduction to the world of Maori mythology. In each story, a myth is narrated and brought to life by genial old Popo, the village storyteller and friend of the chief's son and daughter, Rata and Hine. Now in a new paperback edition, this book faithfully keeps the charming original line drawings by A.S. Paterson, including eight illustrated colour plates. It contains a foreword from David Simmons, a distinguished ethnologist, former assistant director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and author of several books on Maoritanga.

    ISBN: 9781869664237
    Publication date: 14/04/2014
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Reed, A.W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Matariki the Maori New Year
    Matariki the Maori New Year
    This book is an introduction to the star group Matariki. Known in other cultures by names including the Pleiades and the Seven Sisters, Matariki featured strongly in pre-European New Zealand. It marked the beginning of the Maori calendar, and its rising before the sun in late May or early June was greeted with great festivals. It was used as a guide to planting and harvesting, and was studied by tohunga as an omen which told whether the food-gathering season would be plentiful or lean. Libby Hakaraia includes interviews with astronomers Richard Hall and Vicki Hyde, well known navigator Hekenukumai Busby, and Hapimana Rikihana, who still practises the ancient Maori art of mahi whai, or string patterns. Today more and more people are celebrating the rising of Matariki. For those who wish to join this growing movement, there are suggestions on how to celebrate this Maori New Year - and, most importantly, a guide to finding Matariki in the night sky.

    ISBN: 9780143010180
    Publication date: 29/05/2008
    Price: $21.00
    Author: Hakaraia, Libby
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
  • Maui and Other Maori Legends 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa
    Maui and Other Maori Legends 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa
    "A beautiful collection of artist Peter Gossage's beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume. Peter Gossage's memorable retellings of Maori oral myths have captivated the children of New Zealand for generations. Their dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative language form a powerful combination, and each has earned its place among the beloved classics of our literature. These are exciting, magical tales of adventure and intrigue. Several feature the remarkable culture hero Maui - the quick-witted and the trickster - whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui, discovering the secret of fire and his attempt to trick the goddess of death and become immortal. Maui and Other Legends contains eight essential legends. In this volume you will find timeless favourites such as How Maui Found his Mother, Battle of the Mountains, Pania of the Reef and many more.

    The treasury includes: How Maui Found his Mother, How Maui Found his Father, The Magic Jawbone, The Fish of Mau, How Maui Slowed the Sun, How Maui Found the Secret of Fire, How Maui Defied the Goddess of Death, Battle of the Mountains, Pania of the Reef"

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    ISBN: 9780143309291
    Publication date: 03/10/2016
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Gossage, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Maui and the Fire Goddess
    Maui and the Fire Goddess
    Maui was always playing tricks on people. One night, he played a particularly mischievous trick when he was sent to the house of the feared goddess of fire. A Maori folktale, retold and illustrated by one of New Zealand's foremost illustrators.

    ISBN: 9781869433819
    Publication date: 25/08/1998
    Price: $19.00
    Author: Bishop, Gavin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
  • Maui's Taonga Tales
    Maui's Taonga Tales
    Aimed at children aged seven to eleven, this book's lively stories tell the tales of some of the taonga held at Aotearoa New Zealand's famous national museum, Te Papa, through appealing text and fantastic illustrations. The book's pukorero, or story teller, is Maui, the great Pacific hero and trickster. The stories are from both long ago and recent times and have been chosen in consultation with Te Papa's matauranga Maori curators and the relevant iwi. They range from how Ruhia's kaitaka, or cloak, saved the life of a young boy and why the band Herbs wrote a song about nuclear testing in the Pacific to Huria Matenga and the Shipwreck, Rata and the Children of Tane, Willie Apiata and the Tough Decision, Hinemoa and Tutanekai, Te Paea and the Ghost Waka, Kahe's Epic Swim, Heni and the Battle of Gate Pa, Kupe and the Giant Wheke, and Tane and the Kete of Knowledge. Each story is told via illustrations created by young Maori artists; some have illustrated stories from their own iwi. The book is linked to the TV series He Paki Taonga i a Maui, funded by Te Mangai Paho.

    ISBN: 9780995113626
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Brechin-Smith, David
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Myths and Legends of Aotearoa 15 Timeless Tales of New Zealand
    Myths and Legends of Aotearoa 15 Timeless Tales of New Zealand
    Fifteen timeless and essential Maori myths and legends are retold by gifted storyteller Annie Rae Te Ake Ake in this stunning, one-of-a-kind treasury. Illustrated by young Kiwi artists, this classic collection is a testament to the many and vibrant cultures of Aotearoa past, present and future.

    ISBN: 9781775435235
    Publication date: 01/02/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Te Ake Ake, Annie Rae
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • Navigating the Stars Maori Creation Myths
    Navigating the Stars Maori Creation Myths
    From master storyteller Witi Ihimaera, a spellbinding and provocative retelling of traditional Maori myths for the twenty-first century.

    In this milestone volume, Ihimaera traces the history of the Maori people through their creation myths. He follows Tawhaki up the vines into the firmament, Hine-titama down into the land of the dead, Maui to the ends of the earth, and the giants and turehu who sailed across the ocean to our shores . . . From Hawaiki to Aotearoa, the ancient navigators brought their myths, while looking to the stars - bright with gods, ancestors and stories - to guide the way.

    'Step through the gateway now to stories that are as relevant today as they ever were.'

    ISBN: 9780143774990
    Publication date: 20/10/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Ihimaera, Witi
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Nga Taniwha I Te Whanga-nui-a-tara
    Nga Taniwha I Te Whanga-nui-a-tara
    In ancient times in Aotearoa, there was a beautiful lake in which there dwelt two monstrous taniwha. Their names were Whataitai and Ngake. Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake. But when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free to the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city. Discover the dramatic legend of how Wellington Harbour was created.

    ISBN: 9780143504825
    Publication date: 06/08/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Wairama, Moira
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Taming the Sun Four Maori Myths
    Taming the Sun Four Maori Myths
    Four classic Maori myths beautifully retold with stunning illustrations by award winner Gavin Bishop. Taming the Sun contains four stories, including two well-known legends (Maui And The Sun and Maui And The Big Fish) and two less well-known legends (Rona And The Moon and Kahu The Taniwha). Aimed at children with reading ages 3-7 years, these myths are simply and yet elegantly written. Gavin's characteristic sense of humour is evident in all of the stories; and while each story is exciting and often a little bit scary, they are resolved beautifully. Gavin allows the essence of the original myths to remain while also re-telling them for a new generation of children. The illustrations are stunning - the different colour palette for each story and the strong mix of techniques create bold and beautiful images that integrate with the words in a powerful and meaningful way. Taming the Sun is an imaginative, fresh and much-needed addition to the picture book genre, which takes traditional myths to a new level. Created by one of New Zealand's most talented and passionate children's book writers and illustrators. SHORT-LISTED FOR NZ POST CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS 2005.

    ISBN: 9781869790349
    Publication date: 14/11/2008
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Bishop, Gavin
    Format: Picture Flat
    Price: $19.99
  • Taniwha of Wellington Harbour
    Taniwha of Wellington Harbour
    In ancient times in Aotearoa, there was a beautiful lake in which there dwelt two monstrous taniwha. Their names were Whataitai and Ngake. Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake. But when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free to the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city. Discover the dramatic legend of how Wellington Harbour was created.

    ISBN: 9780143504498
    Publication date: 04/01/2011
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Wairama, Moira
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
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