Monday, February 9, 2009

The Forgotten Taniwha

The ForgottenTaniwha by Robyn Kahukiwa (Penguin) RRP $14.95 ISBN: 978 0143520030
In a cave overlooking the sea, there is a taniwha. He has been in the cave for hundreds of years. When gods walked the earth, when Maui fished up Te Ika, the taniwha was already in his cave. The taniwha was kaitiaki of the local iwi, who were themselves kaitiaki of the land and sea surrounding their pa.
The taniwha helped his people in times of war, hardship, and in times of peace. The people worshipped the taniwha until the strangers arrived in Aotearoa. Over the next two hundred years the taniwha saw his people leave until there was no one left. He slept for many years and did not awaken...
Robyn Kahukiwa, of Ngati Porou, exhibits her artwork in public and private collections and has written and illustrated over ten children's books.
Maori and English versions available.
Reviewed by Maria Gill

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