Whiti te Rā! By Patricia Grace

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Whiti te Rā! By Patricia Grace

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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 across the island 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 approach, 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, and is now passed down from generation to generation.


This children's story is the story behind the haka which has become recognisable the world over by being performed by New Zealand teams at national and international rugby events.


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

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