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Maui's Taonga Tales

by David Brechin-Smith

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Māui Shares Stories for Tamariki Based on Taonga from the Te Papa Collection. In a fresh approach to aspects of Aotearoa history, two new childrens books, Māuis Taonga Tales and its te reo Māori companion He Paki Taonga i a Māui, present vividly illustrated and lively stories associated with some of taonga held at Aotearoa New Zealands national museum, Te Papa. Told through the voice of pūkōrero, or story teller, Māui, the great Pacific hero and trickster, the stories are from both long ago and recent times, and were chosen in consultation with Te Papas mātauranga Māori curators and the relevant iwi. They range from how Ruhias 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 Tāne, Willie Apiata and the Tough Decision, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Te Paea and theGhost Waka, Kahes Epic Swim, Hēni and the Battle of Gate Pa, Kupe and the Giant Wheke, and Tāne and the Kete of Knowledge. Each tale is told via illustrations created by eight of Aotearoas best youngMāori artists, some of which illustrated stories from their own iwi. The book is linked to the animated TV series He Paki Taonga i a Māui, funded by Te Mangai Paho.… (more)
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Māui Shares Stories for Tamariki Based on Taonga from the Te Papa Collection. In a fresh approach to aspects of Aotearoa history, two new childrens books, Māuis Taonga Tales and its te reo Māori companion He Paki Taonga i a Māui, present vividly illustrated and lively stories associated with some of taonga held at Aotearoa New Zealands national museum, Te Papa. Told through the voice of pūkōrero, or story teller, Māui, the great Pacific hero and trickster, the stories are from both long ago and recent times, and were chosen in consultation with Te Papas mātauranga Māori curators and the relevant iwi. They range from how Ruhias 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 Tāne, Willie Apiata and the Tough Decision, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Te Paea and theGhost Waka, Kahes Epic Swim, Hēni and the Battle of Gate Pa, Kupe and the Giant Wheke, and Tāne and the Kete of Knowledge. Each tale is told via illustrations created by eight of Aotearoas best youngMāori artists, some of which illustrated stories from their own iwi. The book is linked to the animated TV series He Paki Taonga i a Māui, funded by Te Mangai Paho.

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