Story: Kites and manu tukutuku

Whakatau-pōtiki

Whakatau-pōtiki

In this illustration by Philippa Stichbury, Whakatau-pōtiki flies a manu taratahi. He was raised by the wind folk out in the ocean, and used to walk on the sea while flying his kite. He came ashore only when beckoned by his mother, Apakura, from whom he had been separated.

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Reference: Ron Bacon, Maori legends: seven stories. Auckland, Shortland Educational, 1984, pp. 16-17

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Bob Maysmor, 'Kites and manu tukutuku - Manu tukutuku – Māori kites', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/5286/whakatau-potiki (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Bob Maysmor, published 12 Jun 2006