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The Whale Rider Eight year old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary whale rider In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor Kahu is his only great grandchild and Maori tradition has no use for a girl But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she has the whale rider s ancient gift of communicating with whales

About the Author: Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best known M ori writer today He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.Ihimaera lives in New Zealand and is of M ori descent and Anglo Saxon descent through his father, Tom He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand He was the first M ori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories He began to work as a diplomat at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973, and served at various diplomatic posts in Canberra, New York, and Washington, D.C Ihimaera remained at the Ministry until 1989, although his time there was broken by several fellowships at the University of Otago in 1975 and Victoria University of Wellington in 1982 where he graduated with a BA 1 In 1990, he took up a position at the University of Auckland, where he became Professor, and Distinguished Creative Fellow in M ori Literature He retired from this position in 2010.In 2004, his nephew Gary Christie Lewis married Lady Davina Windsor, becoming the first M ori to marry into the British Royal Family.

10 thoughts on “The Whale Rider

  1. says:

    I read Whale Rider not even three years ago and fell in love with this tale I got this book for my youngest daughter to read but she wasn t interested, at least not yet, and I could not resist a reread As my lead in to International Women s Month, I returned to the story of Kahu of Whengara, New Zealand I have been fascinated by whales from the time I was a young child and saw a blue whale skeleton at the Chicago Field Museum of N

  2. says:

    2.5 I am having a wee moment of picking up New Zealand books that I should have read a long time ago and that have co incidentally been made into films Maurice Gee sIn my Fathers Denwas my most recent foray and off the back of that I decided to read Witi Ihimaera s novelThe Whale RiderIhimaera has written quite a long list of books and short stories butThe Whale Rideris probably his most well known due to the 2002 film of the same n

  3. says:

    I read this in my self proclaimed New Zealand November, 2015 I saw the movie based on the film a few years ago but only have a vague memory of it The book comes from the perspective of Rawiri, the uncle of the girl Kahu It is a very readable intertwining story of the modern day characters with the mythology of the gods of New Zealand and the ancient whales within their own societies and rituals Whereas Once Were Warriors shows the Mao

  4. says:

    A gem that glistens Beautiful A contemporary rewriting of an ancient Maori legend Its messages speak of the strength of women, but evenimportantly of the oneness of the past and present, the rational and the irrational, what we understand and don t understand and of all life on earth This is young adult literature for adults.The audiobook narration by Kiwi Jay Laga aia was well done There is music throughout the recording, but it is the

  5. says:

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. Country New ZealandIn all honesty, this was a peculiar little book I both liked it, and didn t like it I m saying this in the sense that while I was reading The Whale Rider, I wasn t bored out of my mind However, at the same time, I can t say that I actually enjoyed myself.So in a way, this book just was The story was interesting in its entirety and the fairytale quality of the entire novel There

  6. says:

    Oh boy howdy I put on my ice skates and slid my way through this one It didn t take long for me to realize that 1 I am a jaded YA reader from years in the biz 2 there s much better out there 3 I would never have read this if not for my book club I really wanted to like it too Other than the excellent The Bone People I have read little and know virtually nothing about the Maori people Add a girl power element and mythology involving whales a

  7. says:

    This book was amazing The M ori culture was really interesting, and I love how Kahu and Nanny Flowers are constantly trying to fight the iwi s sexist, traditional ways As a kiwi, I feel that this book has an amazing way of telling one of our many stories all the M ori legends and myths we should know but don t Witi has a unique way of writing stories, and it s captivating 5

  8. says:

    Set text for University A short rewriting of an ancient Maori legend juxtaposed with the present day I enjoyed the insight into primordial New Zealand and their culture rich with fairy tales Young Kahu has the misfortune of not being born the boy her Great Grandfather, Koro, so desperately wanted and her one sided relationship with him was heart breaking Yet, despite her age, she possessed an admirable determination to prove her love and her d

  9. says:

    Such a beautiful, challenging book Witi Ihimaera weaves a lush story, combining land and sea, past and present The tragic scenes were incredibly heartbreaking between Kahu s one sided relationship with Koro and when the whales beach themselves, I about started crying at my work desk And the triumphs were equally brilliant as fluid and swift as the feeling evoked as the whales sliced through the sea.I would like to wonder out loud though as to the

  10. says:

    It was an interesting book it showed how the females couldn t gain traditional leadership of the Maori people but Kahu short for Kahutia Te Rangi , an eight year old Maori girl who was a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, kept trying to learn the ways of a leader and wants to become the chief of the tribe Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only My favourite character in this book is the main lead,

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