Te Rauparaha

Te Rauparaha : Legend of Aotearoa

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Te Rauparaha was the chief of Ngati Toa during the 1820s, when Ngati Toa was driven from Kawhia by the allied forces of Waikato and Maniapoto. Under the leadership of Te Rauparaha, Ngati Toa walked southwards. They travelled many kilometres over swamps, rivers, mountains, valleys, forests and foreshore. They eventually made Kapiti Island their new home. This story has been beautifully retold by Maureen Cavanagh.
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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 210 x 285mm
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • colour illustrations
  • 014350293X
  • 9780143502937

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Maureen Cavanagh studied Maori History at Auckland University. She has taught Art and Art History at various Auckland secondary schools. As a New Zealander of several generations she believes the history of New Zealand to be exciting and full of colourful characters whose stories deserve to be told. "I first became interested in Te Rauparaha at school when our class learnt a poem called The March of Te Rauparaha. Sadly, I have not been able to find any trace of that poem. Later, when I was at university studying Maori history, I learnt more about Te Rauparaha, and the incredible events that shaped his life. If you are interested in finding out more, Te Rauparaha: A New Perspective by Patricia Burns (Reed, 1980) (Penguin Books 1983) will tell you everything you want to know."
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