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The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour

Author: Moira Wairama  

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A legend about the two taniwha who played a role in forming Wellington Harbour, retold by Moira Warama, with stunning illustrations by Bruce Potter

Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake. But when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free to the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city.

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A legend about the two taniwha who played a role in forming Wellington Harbour, retold by Moira Warama, with stunning illustrations by Bruce Potter

Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake. But when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free to the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city.

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In ancient times in Aotearoa, there was a beautiful lake in which there dwelt two monstrous taniwha. Their names were Whataitai and Ngake. Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake. But when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free to the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city. Discover the dramatic legend of how Wellington Harbour was created.

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About the Author

Moira Wairama is a published poet, playwright, storyteller, performer and teacher, and an award-winning children's book author. She writes in both English and Maori, and specialises in bilingual retellings of Maori legends. Her retelling of a legend first recounted to her by Tipene O'Reagan, The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour/Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui-a-tara with illustrations by Bruce Potter (Puffin 2011) won a Storylines Notable Non-fiction award and the LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Award in 2012. Moira lives in Wellington with her partner, performer Tony Hopkins, and they are co-founders of Soul Food Tellers, performing stories for audiences of all ages.

Bruce Potter is an award-winning and prolific illustrator of more than 100 children's books. He has illustrated stories for a number of New Zealand's finest children's writers, including the illustrated edition of Witi Ihimaera's Whale Rider. Bruce lives in Alexandra in New Zealand's South Island, where, as well as being an exhibiting fine artist, he is also an expert stage performer, musician, weightlifter, and black belt (2nd Dan) in Shotokan Karate.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Group (NZ) | Puffin
Published
4th January 2011
Pages
32
ISBN
9780143504498

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07 Oct, 2021
Awesome to read this legend. I brought it for my mokopuna who live in Wellington and it’s good to know the local legends.
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