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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

Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, and has published many notable novels and collections of short stories. Described by Metro magazine as ‘Part oracle, part memoralist,’ and ‘an inspired voice, weaving many stories together’, Ihimaera has also written for stage and screen, edited books on the arts and culture, as well as published various works for children.

His best-known novel is The Whale Rider, which was made into a hugely, internationally successful film in 2002. His novel Nights in the Garden of Spain was also made into a feature film, and was distributed internationally under the name of Kawa. The feature film White Lies was based on his novella Medicine Woman. And his novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies inspired the 2016 feature film Mahana. His first book, Pounamu, Pounamu, has not been out of print in the 40 years since publication.

He has also had careers in diplomacy, teaching, theatre, opera, film and television. He has received numerous awards, including the Wattie Book of the Year Award, the Montana Book Award, the inaugural Star of Oceania Award, University of Hawaii, a laureate award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation 2009, the Toi Maori Maui Tiketike Award 2011, and the Premio Ostana International Award, presented to him in Italy 2010. In 2004 he became a Distinguished Companion of the Order of New Zealand, in 2017 France made him Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the same year he received the NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Receiving the Maori arts award Te Tohutiketike a Te Waka Toi, Ihimaera said, ‘To be given Maoridom’s highest cultural award, well, it’s recognition of the iwi. Without them, I would have nothing to write about and there would be no Ihimaera. So this award is for all those ancestors who have made us all the people we are. It is also for the generations to come, to show them that even when you aren’t looking, destiny has a job for you to do.’

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