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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143774167
  • Imprint: Raupo
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

Te Kaieke Tohora




The te reo Maori translation of the international bestseller The Whale Rider.

Whakamiharo ana tera te tirohanga atu ki a ia, ki te kaieke tohora. I rere atu te wai i a ia, ka hamama tona waha kia taea ai te hau makariri te kupa iho. Ko ana karu e kohara ana i te ahurei. Korekoreko katoa ana te tinana i te rehu taimana. I runga i taua taniwha ano nei he tekoteko paku kua whakairotia, e tino haura ana, e koratarata ana, e tu torotika ana. Ano nei na tona tino kaha, e to ake ana ia i te tohora ki te rangi . . .

Ko Kahutia-te-rangi te kaieke tohora, te tipuna o nga iwi o Te Tai Rawhiti. I haere mai ia i Hawaiki, te kainga o nga Tawhito, ki te tai rawhiti o Aotearoa. No muri mai ko Kahu, te matamua o nga mokopuna tuarua a te whanau. I arohaina ia e ona whanaunga katoa engari ko tera i tino pirangi ia kia aroha atu, kaore i aroha atu — ara, ko tona tipuna tane tuarua.

Kua rongo au i a Kui Putiputi e tiwe ana i te hau, ‘E Kahu!’
I te toia iho au e oku putu. Me tu rawa au ka wetewete. I moumou noa iho te wa ki tenei mahi engari he pai ake tera i te toromi. Riro atu ana nga putu i nga au pioi.
Ka titiro ake au. I te kimi au i hea ke ra a Kahu. I hikitia ake au e nga ngaru ka tuku iho ano.
Ka tiwaha atu au, ‘E Kahu, kaua.’
Kua tae ke atu ia ki te tohora, a, e pupuri ana i te kauwae.

Mama noa iho te huri mai i te ao purakau ki te ao tuturu, mai i te whakatangi ki te whakakata. Ko tenei pukapuka ko Te Kaieke Tohora ka whakamanaru i te kaipanui ahakoa pehea te pakeke.

  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143774167
  • Imprint: Raupo
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Witi Ihimaera



Three-time winner of the Wattie/Montana Book of the Year award, Katherine Mansfield fellow and playwright Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and accomplished writers. Witi’s first novel, Tangi, won the Wattie Book of the Year Award in 1974, a feat he repeated with The Matriarch in 1986. His celebrated novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies, now adapted as the film Mahana, won the Montana Book of the Year award in 1995. Witi’s other novels and short story collections include The Whale Rider (also adapted as an internationally successful film); Dream Swimmer (sequel to the award-winning The Matriarch); Pounamu, Pounamu and Nights In The Gardens of Spain. In 2015 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Maori Boy.

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Praise for Te Kaieke Tohora

There is a real dearth in books for more fluent speakers of te reo Maori. While there has rightly been an influx of picture books, there hasn't been a lot to really stretch and challenge yourself with once you step closer to fluency, unless you move into academia. Having more books for those wanting to up-skill their te reo Maori is important. However the learning aspect can often be overlooked for something as equally important - reading as entertainment. There are very few options for fluent te reo Maori speakers wanting to read fiction or read their favourite English language stories in te reo Maori. As more and more of us learn te reo Maori, it's important the opportunities are there for us to read for enjoyment, rather than necessarily for learning. Te Kaieke Tohora offers fluent speakers the chance to engage creatively with te reo Maori, and that's incredibly important.

Rebekah Lyell, nzbooklovers

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