How Maui Found the Secret of Fire
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.”
Peter Gossage’s superbly retold stories of Maui are now New Zealand classics. The legends surrounding Maui are told in their many forms all over New Zealand and even across the Pacific. Find more of his stories in Wellington Museum and at Space Place.
Author: Peter Gossage
Illustrator: Peter Gossage
Suggested level: 5-9 years old
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.