Author(s): A.W. Reed & Ross Calman
Maori myths and legends have an important role in transmitting and regenerating traditional knowledge. Yet as Ross Calman points out in his introduction to this new edition, they are also simply great yarns - reflective of a time when telling and listening to stories was a key leisure activity in Maori society. Favourite Maori Legends is an invitation to enjoy over 30 of the most memorable legends, grouped into themes of the spirit world, patupaiarehe (ghosts), taniwha, supernatural creatures, heroes and deeds of daring. Concise yet complete, these gripping stories are enlivened by the timeless illustrations of Roger Hart.
A.W. Reed (1908-1979) was one of New Zealand's most influential writers and publishers. He helped build A.H. & A.W. Reed into the country's leading publisher by the mid-twentieth century, and authored more than 200 books. His works on Maori mythology have served New Zealanders for several generations. Ross Calman (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa, Kai Tahu) is a highly respected author and editor; his works include The Treaty of Waitangi, and the revised Reed Book of Maori Mythology, along with several Maori-English dictionaries. Ross lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.
Foreword 7Introduction 8The Land of Spirits 11Hutu and Pare 14Putawai 17Tamanui-a-rangi and Rukutia 22Hinemarama 29Patupaiarehe 34Ihenga and the Patupaiarehe 37Ruru 42The Patupaiarehe of the Takitimu Mountains 48Kaumariki 51Taniwha 55Hotupuku 56The Talking Taniwha of Mamaku 61A Taniwha of Kaipara 67Te Kaiwhakaruaki 71Supernatural Creatures, Giants and Flying Men 74Kopuwai of the Matau 77Houmea and Uta 80Te Ngararahuarau 87Te Ruahine-mata-maori 93The Wives of Kametara 98Toaangina 104Rongokako 111Tamarau 114Heroes and Deeds of Daring 118The Mana of Kahurangi 119Taukata and Hoaki 124The Finding of Tau-tini-awhitia 127Tamarereti 132Tautoru the Hunter 135The Abduction of Rona 137The Mauri of Pukekohe 141Te Hononga 145Glossary 149