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Hinemoa and Tūtānekai

Hinemoa and tutanekai.

A legend from the Te Arawa iwi


This text is a retelling of a legend of the Te Arawa people. It tells the love story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai. Tūtānekai lives on Mokoia Island, separated from Hinemoa by the waters of Lake Rotorua. Hinemoa’s father does not want the two young people to be together and tries to stop them from meeting. But Hinemoa is determined and risks her life to swim across Lake Rotorua to be with Tūtānekai.

Gold 1

Series: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: legend, Te Arawa, people, love story, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Mokoia Island, water, Lake Rotorua, risks

In: Junior Journal 46, Level 2, 2013

Publication date: January 2013

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