Ngake me Whātaitai

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Written by Ben Ngaia | illustrated by Laya Mutton-Rogers

This is the te reo Māori version of Ngake and Whātaitai

This is a traditional story told in te reo Māori from the perspective of the Kāhui Maunga people about Ngake and Whātaitai. These two taniwha inhabited Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington Harbour, long before the ancestral migrations. The story tells how the shape and landscape of Wellington, its harbour and the Lower Hutt area came about because of the actions of Ngake and Whātaitai.


WINNER, Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2021.

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