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Purakau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers

Whiti Hereaka and Witi Ihimaera (Eds.)

A lively, stimulating and engaging retelling of purakau - Māori myths - by contemporary Māori writers.

Ancient Maori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of magical beings have endured through the ages. Some hail back to Hawaiki, some are firmly grounded in New Zealand and its landscape. Through countless generations, the stories have been reshaped and passed on. This new collection presents a wide range of traditional myths that have been retold by some of our best Māori wordsmiths. The writers have added their own creativity, perspectives and sometimes wonderfully unexpected twists, bringing new life and energy to these rich, spellbinding and significant taonga.


Take a fresh look at Papatuanuku, a wild ride with Maui, or have a creepy encounter with Ruruhi-Kerepo, for these and many more mythical figures await you.




Random House New Zealand Ltd

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