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Tarakura of the Rangitāiki Plains

This exciting, fast-paced myth retells a traditional story from Ngāti Awa. It portrays one chief’s courageous actions to protect his iwi from the taniwha Tarakura.

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  • AudienceKaiakoStudents
  • Curriculum Level3
  • Education SectorPrimary
  • Learning AreaEnglish
  • Resource LanguageEnglish
  • Resource typeText/Chapter
  • SeriesSchool Journal

About this resource

Series: School Journal Level 3 September 2012

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Topics: tohunga, myth, traditional, Ngāti Awa, chief, iwi, taniwha


Tarakura of the Rangitāiki Plains

Words by Bernadine Ngaheu

Iratumoana, the chief, displays many qualities: bravery, fortitude, and decisiveness. He also shows wisdom and humility, understanding that he must consult and work with others if he is to prevail over the taniwha. The chief provides a positive role model of someone who puts himself in physical danger for the good of the community.

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