Whiti te Rā!

By Patricia Grace

Whiti te Rā!

*** Winner – 2016 NZ Book Awards Children & Young Adults Te Kura Pounamu Award ***

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*** Winner – 2016 NZ Book Awards Children & Young Adults Te Kura Pounamu Award ***
This is the story of the great Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and how he came to compose the haka 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate'. Te Rauparaha is pursued by his enemies, and he fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance. As he hears his enemies approaching, Te Rauparaha whispers in the dark, ‘Will I die?’ Will I live?’. His enemies cannot find him, and he climbs back to the sunlight. As he recounts this adventure to his people, his words are repeated and the haka rings out, to be passed down from generation to generation.

This children's book tells the story behind the haka that is recognised the world over through New Zealand teams performing it at national and international sporting events.

This is the Māori-language version of Haka, translated by Kawata Teepa. 


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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775502098
  • Dimension: Default mm
  • Pages: 32
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: Māori
  • Publication Date: 18 Sep 2015

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"...stunning artwork and simple language are used to convey an inspiring message of overcoming challenges. Suitable for all ages this book is a riveting read that will capture hearts and minds."NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

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About the Author

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ātiawa) is the author of many well-loved and award-winning novels, short stories and children’s books. She has won numerous awards including the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction for her book Dogside Story, the Nielsen Bookdata New Zealand Bookseller’s Choice Award for Tū, and was the... Read More