Ngā Atua: Māori Gods
- About the Book
A book to treasure for young and old, Robyn Kahukiwa’s Ngā Atua: Māori Gods takes the reader on a beautiful visual journey while imparting simple and effective explanations of the major Māori gods.
Robyn introduces the pantheon of Māori gods, and explains the arena of life for which each deity is responsible. For example:
Tumatauenga is the greatest warrior atua. His powers are extreme strength and courage. He fights for truth and justice.
This book is a beautiful introduction to some of the unique deities that are part of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s cultural story, and affirms their continued relevance today.
- About the Author(s)
Robyn Kahukiwa, Author
Robyn Kahukiwa is an award-winning artist and children’s book writer and illustrator and has been a prominent figure in Māori children’s literature since the 1980s.
Born in Sydney, Australia in 1938, Kahukiwa trained as a commercial artist and later moved to New Zealand at the age of nineteen. Kahukiwa is of Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Konohi and Whanau-a-Ruataupare descent on her mother’s side.
Kahukiwa’s work often deals with themes of colonialism and the dispossession of indigenous people, motherhood and blood-ties, social custom and mythology. She gained prominence in New Zealand in the 1980s after her exhibition Wahine Toa (strong women) which toured the country. This exhibition drew on Maori myth and symbolism.
Kahukiwa won the 1994 Young People’s Non-fiction Award (now known as Elsie Locke Award) for Paikea.