'Avaiki Tautau

Homeland Beneath the Stars This story is a work of historical fiction depicting a voyage from Rarotonga at the time of the first human settlements in New Zealand ‘Avaiki Tautau . Although fiction Avaiti Tautau is based on legend and knowledge that can be researched through various publications and oral traditions passed down through generations of Cook Island and New Zealand Maori. As such the story represents a possible scenario and a tribute to the knowledge skill and courage of the ancestors of many New Zealanders and Cook Islanders.


'Avaiki Tautau - 'Avaiki Tautau  ISBN 9780994110305
'Avaiki Tautau ISBN 9780994110305
'Avaiki Tautau
Homeland Beneath the Stars
Teipe is a child born to the Ngati Tinomana on Rarotonga hundreds of years ago.
As an infant he witnesses a battle in which his father is nearly killed.

In response his ariki (high chief) Tamatea, selects people, including Teipe’s family, friends and the girl Karu, chosen to be his future va’ine (wife). They accompany the ariki’s own family on a settlement voyage to ‘Avaiki Tautau – a huge, half legendary land with mountains that belch fire but a land where they dream of peace and plenty.

On this eventful voyage approaching his new home, conflicted with fear and a sense of adventure, Teipe learns many ocean navigation skills handed down from his ancestors.

To survive his people will need to live with change.
Leaving both Rarotonga and their childhoods behind, Teipe and his friends grow in confidence and rise to the challenge.
  • ISBN: 9780994110305
  • Published: 26-June-2014
  • Pages: 165
  • Dimensions: 250mmx176mmmm
Soft cover Soft cover
NZ$ 19.99 24.99



Used expressions:'Avaiki Tautau ,Homeland Beneath the Stars This story is a work of historical fiction depicting a voyage from Rarotonga at the time of the first human settlements in New Zealand ‘Avaiki Tautau . Although fiction Avaiti Tautau is based on legend and knowledge that can be researched through various publications and oral traditions passed down through generations of Cook Island and New Zealand Maori. As such the story represents a possible scenario and a tribute to the knowledge skill and courage of the ancestors of many New Zealanders and Cook Islanders.

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