Haka, by Patricia Grace, is the story of the great Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and how he came to compose the haka ‘Ka Mate, Ka Mate’. The haka has become recognisable all over the world by being performed by New Zealand teams at national and international rugby and other sporting events.
Mauri Ora links whakatauki to key personal virtues idealised across cultures and generations. Meaning, the virtues, wisdom, courage, compassion, integrity, self-mastery and belief, all stem from the science of positive psychology; the study of how to live a better life.
Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs from an old world, this book draws on traditional wisdom to provide a recipe for personal effectiveness and leadership, and a rewarding connection of Māori knowledge to contemporary thinking about personal happiness and fulfilment.
Author: Peter Alsop & Te Rau Kupenga
First Published 2016
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This story by Peter Gossage retells the legend of everyone’s favourite, mischievous demi god Maui and his visit to his grandmother.
Maui the trickster wants to know what will happen if he puts out all the fires in his pa. When the people wake they are furious, so Maui must visit Mahuika, the goddess of fire.
“Mahuika raised her gnarled hands. At the tip of each finger burned a flame. She plucked one from her thumb and gave it to Maui.”
Author: Peter Gossage
Illustrator: Peter Gossage
Suggested level: 5-9 years old
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How Maui Slowed the Sun is a story by Peter Gossage that retells the legend of how Maui tamed the sun to help the people of his village.
“Every day we have to rush to do our chores and gather our food before the sun sets. Why should we be slaves to the sun? I will catch the sun before it rises, and teach it to travel slowly across the sky!”
Faced with days that are too short and nights that are too long Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun’s passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.
Author/Illustrator: Peter Gossage
First Published 2011
Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
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