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Traditional Maori legends Ngā Tai Kōrero – Warren Pohatu

Ngā Tai Kōrero means ‘the currents of speech;, a reference to the Maori tradition of oral storytelling.

In this colourful book, Warren Pohatu retells in simple form fourteen Maori stories and myths that have been passed down over centuries – including old favourites like ‘Maui and the fish’, ‘Paikea and the whale’, ‘Tutanekai and Hinemoa’, ‘Ngatoroirangi’, ‘Rona and the moon’, and ‘Maui and the sun’. All the stories are accompanied by Pohatu’s vivid double-page illustrations.

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Contents of the book:

Maui and the Fish

Paikea and the Whale

Kupe and the Great Octopus of Muturangi

Pourangahua and the Great Bird of Ruakapanga

Tutanekai and Hinemoa

Rata and the Birds of the Forest

Hinetitama: The First Child

Ngake and Hinewaihua


Tane and the Three Kete

Tangotango and Tane

Rona and the moon

Maui and the Sun

Tinirau and Tutunui


About the Author:

Warren Pohatu is a professional illustrator and graphic designer who has worked for a range of media and publications including Mana magazine. Of Ngai Tamanuhiri descent, he now lives in West Auckland.


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