Illustrated Maori Myths and Legends
Queenie Rikihana-Hyland brings together a collection of her favourite Maori Myths and Legends, from the creation and the ever-popular mischief-making of Maui, to the great love stories of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, and Turongo and Mahinarangi. In the true tradition of paki waitara (story-telling) Queenie has drawn on many sources from which to weave these tales. Previously published in 1997 as Paki Waitara, these stories have now been brought to life with the illustrations of Patrick Puru, whose work infuses the stories further with life, movement and vibrant colour.
Queenie Rikihana-Hyland lives in Otaki. Her iwi affiliations are Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, Te Ati Awa ki Waikanae, and her hapu is Ngati Koroki. She is a freelance journalist who has written many articles about Maori issues for various publications, including the Dominion and the Listener. Patrick Puru was born in and lives in Rotorua. His tribal affiliations are Te Arawa and Nga Puhi. He says his work is a 'blend of my personal research, Maori identity, life's inspiration, my love for music and a desire to challenge my artistic abilities.' This is the first book Patrick has illustrated.