Favourite Māori Legends

Book Author A.W. Reed, revised by Ross Calman
Book Illustrator Roger Hart
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia, Spain

Māori myths and legends have an important role in transmitting and regenerating traditional knowledge. Yet as Ross Calman points out in his introduction to this new edition, they are also simply great yarns – reflective of a time when telling and listening to stories was a key leisure activity in Māori society.

Favourite Māori Legends is an invitation to enjoy over 30 of the most memorable legends, grouped into themes of the spirit world, patupaiarehe (ghosts), taniwha, supernatural creatures, heroes and deeds of daring. Concise yet complete, these stories are enlivened by the fine illustrations of Roger Hart.

About the Author

A.W. Reed (1908–1979) was one of New Zealand’s most influential writers and publishers. He helped build A.H. & A.W. Reed into the country’s leading publisher, and authored more than 200 books. His works on Māori mythology have served New Zealanders for several generations.

Ross Calman is an esteemed author, editor and licensed translator whose other books with Oratia are Favourite Māori Legends and The Treaty of Waitangi. Last year saw the release of his superb translation of the biography of Te Rauparaha. Ross lives with his family in Wellington.


Oratia Books


210 x 148 mm, b&w

Perfect bound

Non Fiction


Publication Date
June 2013

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia, Spain

Rights Sold:
Spanish language

Rights Agents:


Peter Dowling, Oratia Books

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