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by Potiki

illustrations by Andrew Burdan

This intense and dramatic “slice of life” story recounts the time when a mother had to take her sick child in secret to a tohunga. It is set after 1907, when the New Zealand government made it illegal for tohunga to practise rongoā Māori. “Tohunga” provides rich material for both Māori and non-Māori students to explore themes of cultural similarities and differences. 

Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

Learning area: Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: tohunga, medicine, banned, traditional, healer, suppression, illegal

In: School Journal Level 3 November 2014

Publication date: November 2014

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