South Island Māori Myths and Legends
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- Maori mythology – New Zealand – South Island
- Legends – New Zealand – South Island
- Maori – New Zealand – South Island – Pakiwaitara
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, 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.
Other sources which may locate useful information are:
- The journal of the Polynesian Society
- Te karaka and Te pānui runaka, magazines produced by Ngāi Tahu
- Te kerēme, the Libraries' index to the Ngāi Tahu claim
We would be happy to show you where these are and how to use them.