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Kupe and the Giant Wheke

Kupe and the Giant Wheke.

A traditional story, retold by Steph Matuku, illustrations by Isobel Te Aho-White

This traditional tale features in the oral traditions of many iwi. It tells of how Kupe discovered Aotearoa while pursuing a giant wheke (octopus) across the Pacific. As he chased the creature around Aotearoa, Kupe explored the new land and named many places.

Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: Aotearoa, courage, creature, culture, discovery, exploration, Hawaiki, Hine-Te-Aparangi, history, journey, Kupe, legend, Māori, MASAM, monster, Muturangi, navigation, octopus, place name, story, storytelling, tale, traditional story, Te Wheke, waka, wheke

In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

Publication date: May 2020

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