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Kuri cover.

by Priscilla Wehi

illustrations by Spike Wademan

SJ L2 cover image Oct 2015

Māori brought the kurī or Polynesian dog with them when they migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand. This article looks at what we know about kurī, their origins, what they were used for, and why they died out. It incorporates traditional stories about the explorers Tāneatua and Īhenga and explains the importance of kurī to early Māori society. “Kurī” is a fascinating but challenging article at this year level, and you may wish to approach it in sections.

Series: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: cloaks, dogs, environment, explorers, Īhenga, kahukurī, kurī, middens, migration, Polynesian dogs, Tāneatua, traditional Māori society, Te Urewera

In: School Journal Level 2 October 2015

Publication date: October 2015

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