Story: Octopus and squid

Kupe fighting Te Wheke-o-Muturangi

Kupe fighting Te Wheke-o-Muturangi

Cliff Whiting’s illustration depicts the traditional story of Kupe slaying the wheke (octopus), which he pursued across the Pacific Ocean.

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Octopus in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/7930/kupe-fighting-te-wheke-o-muturangi (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006