Māori

South Island Māori Myths and Legends

The books in this list contain information about many South Island Māori myths and legends. The library has copies of all the books - please ask if you would like us to show you where they are.

Folklore and fairy tales of the Canterbury Māori, as told by Taare Te Maiharoa
Four generations from Māoridom: the memoirs of a South Island kaumatua and fisherman, Sid Cormack
Includes legends in appendix 3.
He korero pūrakau mo ngā taunahanahatanga a ngā tūpuna = Place names of the ancestors, a Maori oral history atlas. Te Aue Davis
Includes: Tamatea Ure Haea (Tamatea: The Greatest Explorer) (pg. 63), He Whakarāpopotanga i Ngā Kōrero Mo Poutini (Poutini: A Guardian Taniwha) (pg. 79), Ngā Taunahanatanga o Ngā Roto o Te Waka ō Aoraki (Rākaihautu: Naming Great Lakes) (pg. 87)
Horouta, R. W. Halbert
Chapter 7 includes Ngāi Tahu migration to the South Island
Illustrated encyclopedia of Māori myth and legend, Margaret Orbell
Myths and legends include: Aoraki (p. 26), Āraiteuru (p. 30), Matakauri, Matamata (p. 110), Rehua (p. 154), Rukutia (p. 163), Tahu pōtiki (p. 167), Tama-nui-a-Raki (p. 175), Te Akē (p. 195), Te Kahui Tipua (p. 201), Te Waka-a-Raki, Te Wera (p. 211), Whaitiri (p. 242)
Kaiapohia Pa centenary
Kaikoura coast, W.J. Elvy
Kei puta te Wairau: a history of Marlborough in Māori times, W.J. Elvy
Legends of Aotearoa - coverLegends of Aotearoa, Chris Winitana
Includes: Aoraki (p. 124), Tū-te-raki-whānoa (p. 126), Poutini (p. 132), Matau (p. 140)
Legends of the land
Includes: Poutini and Pounamu (p. 116), Te Ara a Kewa / Foveaux Strait (p. 132)
Lore and history of the South Island Māori, W.A. Taylor
Maori folk tales of the Port Hills, Canterbury, New Zealand, James Cowan
History as told by Hone Taare Tikao and Tame Kirini (T. E. Green) to the author on: Ch. 1: The story of the rocks (Port Hills); Ch. 2: Port Hills and their names; Ch. 3: Round the Sugarloaf; Ch. 4: Rapaki; Ch. 5: Te Ahi a Tamatea; Ch. 6: Hills of Faery (Fairies).
Māori legends of the land, Pita Graham
Māori lore of lake, alp and fiord, H. Beattie
Māori myth and legend, A.W. Reed
Myths and legends include: pouakai and Ruru (p. 60), pounamu (p. 64), Matau, Matakauri (p. 76)
Māori nomenclature: names in Canterbury, W.H.S. Roberts
Māori nomenclature: early history of Otago, W.H.S. Roberts
Māori place-names of Canterbury, H. Beattie
Māori place names in Buller County, G.G.M. Mitchell
The Māoris and Fiordland, H. Beattie
The Māoris of the South Island, T.A. Pybus
Ngā Pikituroa o Ngāi Tahu = The oral traditions of Ngāi Tahu, Rawiri Te Maire Tau
Ngā reo o Aotearoa = Voices of Aotearoa. Volume 1 : a collection of treasured Māori stories. Cyrus Hingston
Includes: Te waka o Aoraki (The canoe of Aoraki) (pg. 3), Ngā roto o Te Waipounamu (The lakes of the South Island) (pg. 17).
Ngā reo o Aotearoa = Voices of Aotearoa. Volume 2 : a collection of treasured Māori stories. Cyrus Hingston
Includes: Kupe me te wheke nui (Kupe and the giant octopus) (pg. 5), Ngā ahi a Tamatea (The fires of Tamatea) (pg. 7), Te Kaitiaki (The Guardian) (pg. 21), Ngā ahi kai kōura a Tama ki te Rangi (The crayfish cooking fires of Tama ki te Rangi) (pg. 25).
Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board claim before the Waitangi Tribunal
Includes a history of Māori settlement in the South Island (vol. 1, p. 62-74)
Ōtamahua/Quail Island: a link with the past, Peter Jackson
Chapter 1 includes: Creation story told by the Waitaha people of Canterbury, Te Kimi mō Aoraki (The search for Aoraki), Tamatea Pokai Whenua (Tamatea who travelled over land), Ngā tangata ō te whenua (The people of the land).
Our southernmost Māoris, H. Beattie
Rapaki remembered, Arthur (Hiwi) Couch
Song of Waitaha, Barry Brailsford
South Island Maoris, W. Stack
History has been divided roughly by the author into four sections: 1. Prior to the arrival of Waitaha; 2, Waitaha occupation, 1477 1577; 3, Ngati Mamoe occupation, 1577 1677; 4, Ngai Tahu occupation, 16771827. Topics covered include traditions, local history, internal tribal battles, myths, legends and poetry.
Takitimu, J.H. Mitchell
Includes Tahu-pōtiki (p. 44)
Tikao talks, Teone Taare Tikao
Traditional history of the South Island Māoris, James Stack
Traditional lifeways of the Southern Māori, H. Beattie
Under the eye of the Saddle Hill taniwha, Sharron Bray
Te Waiatatanga mai o te Atua: South Island traditions
Te whakatau kaupapa: Ngāi Tahu resource management strategy for the Canterbury region
Te Whakatau Kaupapa, Te Maire Tau
Includes local history and explanations of original placenames, famous ancestors, p. 5.2-5.75.
Te Waiatatanga mai o te Atua, M. Tiramorehu
History pertaining to the Creation story according to South Island traditions.

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