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Tarakura of the Rangitāiki Plains

Takarua cover.
L3 cover image sept2012.

by Bernadine Ngaheu

This exciting, fast-paced myth retells a traditional story from Ngāti Awa. It portrays one chief’s courageous actions to protect his iwi from the taniwha Tarakura. Iratumoana, the chief, displays many qualities: bravery, fortitude, and decisiveness. He also shows wisdom and humility, understanding that he must consult and work with others if he is to prevail over the taniwha. The chief provides a positive role model of someone who puts himself in physical danger for the good of the community.

Series: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

Learning area: English

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: tohunga, myth, traditional, Ngāti Awa, chief, iwi, taniwha

In: School Journal Level 3, September 2012

Publication date: September 2012

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