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Māori Tales of Long Ago

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Māori tales of long ago – A.W Reed Illustrated by A.S. Paterson

Join with young Hine and Rata as they listen to Popo, the wise old storyteller of the village. Hear of how Maui was born, how Kae stole the whale, how light came into the world, and much more, through sixteen exciting stories woven from ancient Māori legend.

Reproduced faithfully in this new edition, the timeless tales and charming illustrations of A.W. Reed’d classic will delight a new generation of New Zealanders and provide a keepsake to treasure.

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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.


About the Author & Illustrator

Alexander Wyclif (‘Clif’) Reed was born a century ago. Educated in Auckland, he joined his uncle A.H. (‘Alf’) Reed in a new business that, as A.H. & A.W. Reed, would play a central role in New Zealand publishing. The author of more than 200 books, Clif is remembered best for his children’s tales, among which Myths and Legends of Maoriland won the 1947 Esther Glen award. Clif Reed died in 1979. Alan Stuart Paterson (1902-1968) worked as staff cartoonist for the Dominion newspaper for 25 years and illustrated several books.


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