Haka by Patricia Grace
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 journey begins with Te Rauparaha being pursued across the island by his enemies and he fears for his life! At Lake Rotoaira, he hides in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance for protection. As Te Rauparaha hears his enemies approach, he whispers in the dark ‘Will I die?’ Will I live?’. Because his enemies cannot find him he climbs back to the sunlight. Later on, he retells this adventure to his people and his words are repeated! and the haka rings out! This is now passed down from generation to generation.
Finalist In The New Zealand Book Awards For Children And Young Adults 2016
: Patricia Grace
: Andrew Burdan
Publication Date: 18 Sep 2015
This book is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.