Favourite Māori Legends


Paperback: $23.00
ISBN-13: 9780947506223
Published: December 2013

Additional Information

160 pages | Line drawings accompany text
  • About the Book
  • Māori 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 Māori society.

    Favourite Māori 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.

  • About the Author(s)
    • A.W. Reed, Author

      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 Māori and Aboriginal mythology and language remain in print and appreciated by readers around the world.
    • Ross Calman, Translator

      Ross Calman (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Kāi Tahu) is a highly respected author and editor; his works include the revised Reed Book of Māori Mythology and Reed Book of Māori Exploration, along with several Māori—English dictionaries. Ross lives in Wellington with his whānau.
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