Legends of Rotorua and the Hot Lakes (Paperback)
First published in 1958, this is the classic collection of myths relating to that cradle of Māori culture, Rotorua - with relevance across New ZealandRotorua is one of New Zealand's most visited cities. It is impossible to avoid the area's Māori history and, in this book, it is easy to learn about the most popular legends of the area. These include Ngatoro the Fire-Bringer, whose avoidance of fire demons left them raging underground to make the famous geyser and mudpool formations in the Rotorua area; and Hatupatu, who bravely escaped from the birdwoman, who would have him as her slave. A.W. Reed is renowned for his telling of Māori stories; his list of published works in this area is long and his popularity has rarely waned. The Dennis Turner beautiful illustrations are reproduced unaltered, speaking to the era of the book's original publication.
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 by the mid-twentieth century, and authored more than 200 books. His works on Mā ori and Aboriginal mythology and language remain in print and appreciated by readers around the world.