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Rātā me te Rākau

Person walking through the bush.
Junior journal 57 cover image.

retold by André Ngāpō

illustrated by Andrew Burdan

This is a retelling of the traditional Māori tale of Rātā and his quest to find a tree to make a waka. In his haste, Rātā forgets to ask permission from Tāne-mahuta, the god of the forest, and finds that each time he chops down his chosen tree, it is mysteriously restored the next day.

Series: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Colour wheel level: Purple

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: cultural protocols, environment, forests, gods, gratitude, kaitiaki, legends, Māori, Rātā, respect, Tāne-mahuta, Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea, tikanga Māori, traditional stories, trees, waka

In: Junior Journal 57, Level 2, 2018

Publication date: November 2018

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