Pūrākau (Māori Myths and Legends)

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Explore Te Ao Māori through pūrākau retold by various iwi (tribes) about the origins of time through atua Māori (Māori gods) and the historic travel sites visited by many tīpuna (ancestors). including; Ranginui (Sky Father), Tāwhirimātea (God of the winds), Kupe and Māui. SCIS no. 1808309

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‘Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa’

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Te Po and Papatuanuku

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Tāne raising the sky

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Aoraki

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Tāwhaki

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Rākaihautū

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Tamatea

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Tāwhirimātea and children

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A painting of Awanuiarangi

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Tenei au, tenei au (This is me, this is me)

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Haumia

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Te Ika A Maui - Maui's Fish

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Tāwhirimātea

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Rongomātāne

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Ranginui – the sky: Ranginui – the sky father

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The ancestor Paikea

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Papatūānuku – the land: Papatūānuku – the earth mother

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Ko hine te iwaiwa, ko hine korako, ko rona whakamau tai

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Kurangaituku

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Tamatekapua

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Rongoueroa

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Ngāpuhi: Ancestors

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Whenua – how the land was shaped: Kupe

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Patupaiarehe: Patupaiarehe and ponaturi

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Tūmatauenga

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Ngāi Tūhoe: Toroa and Tūhoe-pōtiki

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Waka – canoes: Moriori waka

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Matariki – Te Tau Hou Māori: Heralding the new year

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Ngāti Raukawa

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Ngāti Toarangatira

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Northern explorers

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Coastal explorers

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Tainui and the Waikato

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Te Arawa explorers

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Western North Island

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: The Bay of Plenty

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: Wairarapa and Wellington

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: The East Coast

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Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration: The South Island

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Tāwhaki

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Ngāti Porou: Ancestors

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Ngāti Porou: Tribal boundaries and resources

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Ngāti Porou: Toi descendants

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Ngāti Kahungunu: Tribes and lands

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Ngāti Kahungunu: Ancestors

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Ngāti Kahungunu: Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine

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Stewart Island/Rakiura: New Zealand’s third main island

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Pounamu – jade or greenstone: Ngāi Tahu and pounamu

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Rangitāne: The origins of Rangitāne

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Ngāti Tūwharetoa

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Ngāti Tūwharetoa: The journeys of Ngātoroirangi and Tia

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Ngāti Tūwharetoa: Tūwharetoa

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Ngāti Tūwharetoa: Mountains and lakes

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Whanganui tribes

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Tāmaki tribes: Tribal history and places

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Tāmaki tribes: The tribes of Tāmaki

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Ngāti Maniapoto: The ancestor Maniapoto

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Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

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Te Whānau-ā-Apanui: Ancestors

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Taniwha: Taniwha slayers

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Tauranga Moana: The Tauranga tribes

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He purapura i ruia mai i Rangiatea

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Bay of Plenty region: Māori traditions

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Te Whakatōhea: Ancestors

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Canoe traditions: Canoes of the Bay of Plenty

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Tapa whenua – naming places: Events, maps and European influences

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Muriwhenua tribes: Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Takoto, Te Pātū and Ngāti Kahu

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Muriwhenua tribes: Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa

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