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Pūrākau: Māori myths retold by Māori writers | Witi Ihimaera & Whiti Hereaka

Pūrākau: Māori myths retold by Māori writers

Witi Ihimaera & Whiti Hereaka

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

Ka mua, ka muri . . .

Ancient Māori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of engrossing 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.

Explore the past, from it shape the future . . .