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Ngake me Whataitai -

Ngake me Whataitai


Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award Winner

These awards are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage. The finalists in the Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for books written entirely in te reo Maori will appeal to a broad range of abilities. Te reo in its simplest form will life the language for beginners, while there are also titles with a depth of language to send the imaginations of confident speakers soaring.

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This is a traditional story told in te reo Maori from the perspective of the Kahui Maunga people about Ngake and Whataitai. These two taniwha inhabited Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington Harbour, long before the ancestral migrations. The story tells how the shape and landscape of Wellington, its harbour and the Lower Hutt area came about because of the actions of Ngake and Whataitai. Long ago, Te Whanganui a Tara was an enclosed lake, but Ngake forced his way out into the sea by battering through the clenched teeth of the fish of Maui to allow the fish to breathe. Whataitai was washed down the throat of the fish, causing it to cough, and Whataitai and three morsels flew out. The morsels became islands in the harbour, but Whataitai was stranded and grew weak and died, becoming part of the land around the harbour.

Product code: 9781775506379

ISBN 9781775506379
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H255xW205xS5
No. Of Pages 40
Publisher Huia Publishers
Illustrated By Laya Mutton-Rogers
Meet Ngake and Whataitai - the two taniwha of the head of the fish!