This is the story of the great Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and how he came to compose the haka 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate'. Te Rauparaha is pursued by his enemies, and he fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance. As he hears his enemies approaching, Te Rauparaha whispers in the dark, ‘Will I die?’ Will I live?’. His enemies cannot find him, and he climbs back to the sunlight. As he recounts this adventure to his people, his words are repeated and the haka rings out, to be passed down from generation to generation.
This children's book tells the story behind the haka that is recognised the world over through New Zealand teams performing it at national and international sporting events.
This is the Māori-language version of Haka, translated by Kawata Teepa.
WINNER, Te Kura Pounamu Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2016
IBBY Honour List, 2018
Dimension: Default mm
Publication Date: 18 Sep 2015