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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143309291
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $40.00
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Maui and Other Maori Legends

8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa


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A beautiful collection of artist Peter Gossage's beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume.

A beautiful collection of artist Peter Gossage's beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume.


Peter Gossage’s memorable retellings of Maori oral myths have captivated the children of New Zealand for generations. Their dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative language form a powerful combination, and each has earned its place among the beloved classics of our literature.

These are exciting, magical tales of adventure and intrigue. Several feature the remarkable culture hero Maui – the quick-witted and the trickster – whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui, discovering the secret of fire and his attempt to trick the goddess of death and become immortal.

Maui and Other Legends contains eight essential legends. In this volume you will find timeless favourites such as How Maui Found his Mother, Battle of the Mountains, Pania of the Reef and many more.



The treasury includes:
How Maui Found his Mother
How Maui Found his Father and the Magic Jawbone
The Fish of Maui
How Maui Slowed the Sun
How Maui Found the Secret of Fire
How Maui Defied the Goddess of Death
Battle of the Mountains
Pania of the Reef

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143309291
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $40.00

About the Author

Peter Gossage

Peter Gossage was the storyteller and illustrator of more than 20 books for children. His powerful retelling of Maori myths and legends have captivated the children of New Zealand for generations.


Peter's first job on leaving school was at an advertising agency, and his drawings of Maori motifs on a television commercial drew interest from a publisher. This led to a career retelling and illustrating Maori legends for children. He also worked as a display artist at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and as a graphic designer and scenic artist at TV2.


With his first book How Maui-tiki-tiki-a-Taranga Found His Mother published in 1975, Peter's iconic illustration style and deceptively simple storytelling will be familiar to many as classics in New Zealand homes and classrooms. He was a master of retelling important Maori myths, including Hinemoa and Tutanekai and Pania of the Reef. Many of the legends feature the hero Maui - also called the quick-witted and the trickster - whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui and discovering the secret of fire.


The powerful combination of dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative text has earned each tale its place among the beloved classics of our literature. Peter's stories will never lose their relevancy for New Zealand children, and many of his stories have been made into short films that are played on Maori Television.


In 2013, Peter was awarded the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book for How Maui Slowed the Sun.


Peter passed away on July 30, 2016.

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Praise for Maui and Other Maori Legends

“Every classroom and library needs to have this collection as it will be an invaluable resource.”

Zac Harding, My Best Friends Are Books

“My family is Pakeha, and my children's main access to Maori myth is in essential books like this. It is a joy to re-read these old favourites and share them with my children. Please make sure you have this book in your library; it is still relevant and important.”

Sarah Forster, Booksellers NZ

“At last, a real treasury of New Zealand stories ... Gossage was a master story teller, and Maui is such a great character - a trickster, and just a bit naughty.”

Linda Thompson, Bay of Plenty Times


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