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Rua and Te Manu

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A traditional story of Ngāti Porou

Retold and illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White

This story, presented in a graphic text format, tells how Rua journeys under the sea to rescue his son Te Manu, who has been taken by Tangaroa. In the undersea world, Rua discovers beautiful whakairo (carvings) on the whare of Tangaroa and, after defeating the sea god, brings the art of whakairo to the world above the sea. Ideas about whakairo are explored further in the article “Kākahu Pekepeke” in this journal.

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Series: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

Learning area: Social Sciences

Colour wheel level: Gold

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: arts, carving, comic, graphic novel, MASAM, Rua, Tangaroa, te ao Māori, Te Manu, toi whakairo, traditional story, visual art, whakairo, whānau

In: Junior Journal 61, Level 2, 2020

Publication date: October 2020

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