Maori Myths & Legends

Maori stories that are remembered from childhood to adults.
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Hinenuitepo - Goddess of the Night ///    There is only one female god in Maori Legend. She is the daughter of Tane Mahuta, god of the Forest and Birds, and Hineahuone, woman made from earth.    Today She is known as Hinenuitepo but she began life as Hinetitama, the Dawn Maiden.

Hine-nui-te-Po, the Polynesian goddess of night, darkness, and death;

The creation myth of Maori legend is simply told in Peter's stunning, illustrative style. Bold design and brief text introduce the struggle of the children of Rangi and Papa as they try to part their parents and bring light to the world.

Reed Gallery - Mai I Rangiatea - Case 20 Representations in Children’s Literature, Scholastic (N.

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas : Hinepukohurangi and Hinewai.  Read the story - http://allpoetry.com/poem/2554570-Uenuku-and-the-Mist---a-Maori-legend.-by-hugh_wyles

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas : Hinepukohurangi and Hinewai. Read the story - http://allpoetry.com/poem/2554570-Uenuku-and-the-Mist---a-Maori-legend.-by-hugh_wyles

Maori legends for young New Zealanders

Maori legends for young New Zealanders Author - Katerina Mataira Illustrator - Clare Bowes

The mysterious Moeraki Boulders of Maori legend that are made from natural concrete and date back 60 MILLION years.   Māoris explained giant boulders on New Zealand's Koekohe Beach as eel baskets scattered after the sinking of a legendary canoe. But in fact the Moeraki Boulders are concretions - formations created by hardening sea sediment -  that have been exposed through sea erosion Date from the Paleocene epoch, making them at least 56 million years old.

The mysterious Moeraki Boulders of Maori legend that are made from natural concrete and date back 60 MILLION years

The mysterious Moeraki Boulders of Maori legend that are made from natural concrete and date back 60 MILLION years. Māoris explained giant boulders on New Zealand's Koekohe Beach as eel baskets scattered after the sinking of a legendary canoe. But in fact the Moeraki Boulders are concretions - formations created by hardening sea sediment - that have been exposed through sea erosion Date from the Paleocene epoch, making them at least 56 million years old.

Cover of 'The legend of the seven whales of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti' by Mere Whaanga, published by Scholastic New Zealand. Illustration by Mere Whaanga.

Cover of 'The legend of the seven whales of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti' by Mere Whaanga, published by Scholastic New Zealand. Illustration by Mere Whaanga.

Maori legend

How Maui Found His Mother : Paperback : Peter Gossage : 9780143504054

Cover of Matariki: The Maori New Year.  Information more suited to teachers.

The Māori New Year has always been celebrated with the rise of the star cluster Matariki.

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand  The spherical boulders that dot the beaches of New Zealand were once underwater, and, after 4-5.5 million years and as many as 165 feet of mud later, exposed to the elements. Maori legend points to the boulders as the remains of fruits and vegetables that washed ashore after a canoe wreck.

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand. Once underwater the spherical boulders dot the beaches of New Zealand.

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