This book is a very powerful traditional story about the Haka.
A very captivating story about a fighting chief, a kumara pit, women’s roles, and how the haka was created.
By putting a traditional story into children's words, it gives them the meaning of te Reo words and truly expresses their values.
The story was so expressive with a continued build up; the children were jaw dropped while listening. The content created a lot of discussion about clarifying where the haka came from, making the connection to kapa haka and to the stories behind them.
The brilliant graphic illustrations compliment the story, creating the scene and emotions on each page. The English version has a link to an audio of the haka being performed, which is an added advantage. A truly must have in all libraries.
Title: Haka | Whiti Te Rā!
Author: Patricia Grace
Illustration: Andrew Burdan
Translation: Kawata Teepa
Age: Picture book
Publisher: Huia Publishers
Date of Publication: September 2015
Reviewer: Ann Horn and Toi Toi Manawa
Position: Librarian and teacher
School: Fairhaven Te Puke