A taniwha story from Mohua
Ngārarahuarau is a pūrākau from the Mohua region and it explains some of the unique geological features of the region. In particular, the origins of a network of tomo and caves throughout Pikikirunga (commonly known as Takaka Hill) and the kōkōwai stone found on the beaches in Te Tai Tapu (Golden Bay).
The resource comprises an illustrated picture book and three short videos.
The book is written by Keri Tākao and recounts the story of Ngārarahuarau, the tipua of Wainui. He lives in a cave on the beach and snatches unsuspecting humans as they pass by. The story tells of his undoing by a woman called Rūru and his legacy in the landscape. Robin Slow painted the illustrations, which are rich in symbolism and visual language.
The videos support the kōrero. Ngārarahuarau is a simple, animated retelling of the story using the text and illustrations from the book. Tohuwhenua combines narrative and imagery in a journey through the landscape left in Ngārarahuarau’s wake. Kōkōwai follows the stone from its origins in the landscape to its processing into paint.
The resource has been designed for use in junior classrooms to support the teaching and learning of Māori History. No doubt it will have wider appeal.
The resource offers opportunities to:
Students will explore and describe natural features and resources.
Students will describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions
Students will appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.
Students will investigate the water cycle and its effect on climate, landforms, and life.
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:
Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to: