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Te Hinga Ake A Maui I Te Ika Whenua

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Contains the traditional tale but with a unique twist and humour.

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Te Hinga Ake A Maui I Te Ika Whenua

Te Hinga Ake A Maui I Te Ika Whenua is a tale retold by Donovan Bixley.

Contains the traditional story but with Donovan’s unique twist and trademark humour.

The pictures are bright and bring their own level of humour to the book.

Darryn Joseph has ensured that the story is accurate and culturally appropriate.

Also available in an English version.


  • Te Reo Maori version
  • Paperback Book
  • Measures approx 209mm x 279mm
  • 24 pages
  • Retold by Donovan Bixley
  • Translated by Darryn Joseph
Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

One of the greatest stories of Māori literature recounts the fishing up of the North Island. It begins with Māui and his brothers setting off on a fishing expedition. The elder brothers did not want to take Māui, so he hid in the canoe and did not reveal himself until they were out at sea. When he emerged he managed to convince his brothers to row out to the deepest part of the ocean, where he cast a fish hook made from his grandmother’s jawbone. It sank below the waves and fastened to the underwater house of Tonganui, the grandson of Tangaroa, god of the sea. Māui hauled up his catch above the water. The land, the North Island, became known as Te Ika-a-Māui (the fish of Māui).


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