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Te Hē o Māui – Māui's mistake

Te Hē o Māui – Māui's mistake

A story from Poutini ki te Toka

This book tells us about Māui’s first encounter with Kā Tiritiri o te Moana (the Southern Alps).
Several handmade model figures in a model canoe in the ocean waves.

Māui and his crew set off on the great voyaging waka Mahunui in search of Poutini ki te Toka. His toki, Tiheimauriora, helped him navigate the ocean.

Several handmade model figures in a model canoe with two white sails, in the sea, with dolphins and fish.

They sailed for long days on calm seas.

Several model figures in a model canoe at sea, against a purple background.

And for long nights on the huge inky ocean.

Handmade model figures in a model canoe, on a diagonal angle, with big waves behind.

They sailed through storms during the day.

Handmade model figures in a model canoe, on a diagonal angle, with big waves in front.

They sailed through tempests in the dark of night.

Three handmade figures standing in a model canoe surrounded by waves, with one figure pointing at white clouds behind.

After many days and nights at sea, one of the crew pointed to a glittering white horizon, “He whenua! He whenua!” he cried out.

Three handmade figures standing in a model canoe.

Māui turned to look. He shook his head, “E kao, he tiritiri o te moana.”

Model snowy mountains with plants, trees and green birds in front.

Mahunui sailed on. Slowly, the long, white, glittering, horizon rose up in front of them.

A standing model figure with snowy mountains and plants behind.

Māui stared in wonder at the mountains. Ever since then, the mountains have been called Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

Words to share with children

 

āwhā  storm/tempest
Heretaniwha  Bluff at the south end of Maitahi
Kā Tiritiri o te Moana  Southern Alps
māeroero  human-like creatures who live in the dense forests
Mahunui Māui’s voyaging waka
Maitahi  Bruce Bay
Mako-horopekapeka supernatural shark
Mako-tipua supernatural shark
Māui  superhero of the Pacific
mauka/maunga  mountain
patupaiarehe  fairy people
Poutini ki te Toka South Westland
Tiheimauriora  Māui’s magic toki (adze)
whenua  land

 

Te He o Māui – Māui's mistake storyboard

He kōrero nō Poutini ki te Toka

  • Te-He-o-Maui-Mauis-mistake-storyboard.pdf
  • 2.7 MB

Concepts and References

Atua

Hinepūnuiotoka and her daughters wind goddesses
karakia and tohunga ritual practice in all aspects of life
Rakinui, Ranginui sky father
Takaroa, Tangaroa god of the oceans
Tānemahuta god of the forests

Whakapapa (Ancestry)

Māori cultural origins are found in the Pacific but has evolved its own cultural identity shaped by our landscape.

Māui the Pan-Pacific superhero credited with many deeds that benefited mankind. He is of the land but nurtured by the winds and raised by the sea.

Te Ao o te Pūrākau me te Wāhi ki ngā Atua (Magical Realms)

Tiheimauriora Māui’s magic toki

Te Aotūroa (the Natural World)

Hawaiki and the Pacific Islands
  • island landscapes – volcanic islands, coral reefs
  • tropical vegetation – flowers, plants, trees
  • climate – warm weather
Te Moananui a Kiwa
  • Currents, waves, winds, clouds
  • Navigational stars
  • Sealife – whales, sharks, fish
  • Seabirds – tāiko, toroa
Poutini ki te Toka
  • huge mountains
  • lush subtropical rainforests, southern rātā
  • wild oceans and coastline

Wāhi (Place)

Hawaiki ancestral home of Māori in the Pacific
Te Moananui a Kiwa  Pacific Ocean
Poutini ki te Toka South Westland
Kā Tiritiri o te Moana Southern Alps

 

hills
Rauemi tūhono