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Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race, as furnished by their priests and chiefs = Ko nga mahinga a nga tupuna Maori : he mea kohikohi mai

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  • Description

    "Having, however, with much toil acquired the information which I found so useful to myself, I felt unwilling that the result of my labours should be lost to those whose duty it may be hereafter to deal with the natives of New Zealand ; and I therefore undertook a new task, which I have often, very often, been sorely tempted to abandon ; but the same sense of duty which made me originally enter upon the study of the native language has enabled me to persevere up to the present period, when I have already published one large volume in the native language, containing a very extensive collection of the ancient traditional poems, religious chants and songs of the Maori race, and I now present to the European reader a translation of the principal portions of their ancient mythology, and some of their most interesting legends."--preface.

  • Place
  • Other Id

    GN672.6.L5 GRE (Library of Congress Call Number)

    EMI0988 (Library of Congress Call Number)

    5845 (Cat ID)

    C 4720 (DBTextworks system ID)

    53816 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race, as furnished by their priests and chiefs = Ko nga mahinga a nga tupuna Maori : he mea kohikohi mai
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    H. Brett
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    xxiii, 255, 199 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

  • Language
    Te Reo Māori
  • Collection
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

    5 items in this collection. View all items.

  • Edition/State/Version
    2nd ed.
  • Subject Category
  • Provenance Details
    080497 - "Elsdon Best. Te Whaiti-nui-a-toi. Feb. 1896"
    20394 ? Picture of statue of George Grey pasted inside front cover.
    35160 - Inscribed to Bishop Selwyn by G. Grey.
    30898 - Inscribed to Frank Cowan by G. Grey.
    31060 - Image of Mokoia Island pasted inside front cover. From Johannes Andersen.
  • Content
    Preface to first edition -- preface to present edition -- the children of heaven and earth -- the legend of Maui -- the legend of Tawhaki -- Rupe's ascent into heaven -- Kae's theft of the whale -- the murder of tuwhakararo and its revenge -- the adventures of Rata - the enchanted tree -- the quarrels at Hawaiki -- the discovery of New Zealand -- preparations to emigrate -- the voyage to New Zealand -- the curse of Manaia -- Hatupatu and his brothers -- the emigration of Turi to New Zealand -- the emigration of Manaia -- Hine-moa, the maiden of Rotorua -- the story of Maru-tuahu, and that of Kahureremoa -- the two sorcerers -- the magical wooden head -- kahukura and the fairies -- Te Kanawa's adventure with the fairies -- the loves of Takarangi and Rau-Mahora -- the stratagem of Te Ponga's elopement -- the history of Paoa -- on the native songs of New Zealand -- on New Zealand and Polynesian mythology
  • Public Access Text

    Bagnall, G862; Bagnall, 2349, BiM 1129

  • Associated Notes

    Digitised version available from NZETC.

  • Subject Notes
    Sir George Grey was governor of New Zealand from 1845-1853, and then again from 1861-1867.
  • Collection Type
    Reserve Collection
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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