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Maori Myths and Legendary Tales

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Maori Myths and Legendary Tales – A.w.Reed, Illustrated by Dennis Turner

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.

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1.        Heaven and Earth

2.       The battle of the fishes

3.       Mataora and Niwareka in the underworld

4.       Maui the half-god

5.       Tawhaki the bold

6.       Rupe the kind brother

7.       Rata the wanderer

8.       Uenuku and the mist girl

9.       Tinirau and whale

10.      The coming of the Maori

11.       Wooden head

12.      Ponga and Puhihuia

13.      Young Hatupatu

14.      Whakatau-Potiki

15.      Hinemoa and Tutanekai

16.      Tura and Whiro

17.      The fairy people

18.      Kahukura and the fairy fishermen

19.      Whispering ghosts of the west

20.    Peha and the goblins

21.      Stories of taniwha

22.     Stories of the Moon and the Stars

23.     Stories of birds

25.     Stories of giants, flying men and walking mountains

26.     Stories of plants and trees

27.     Stories of Greestone

28.     Stories of fish


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