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Hei Tiki

Episode:2Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation Continuity and Change

Description:Te Paea Hinerangi was a famous guide in Rotorua. Her greenstone tiki carries fantastic stories of a ghostly canoe and the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption.

Questions for students

  1. What does 'Hei Tiki' mean? What do you understand by 'mana' and 'taonga'? Use the 'Words' response template to record Māori terms and their literal translations.
  2. Why was Te Paea Hinerangi so famous? What was her story? What other stories have made a person or a place an icon in Māori culture?
  3. What is another word for 'premonition'? Think back on the story of Guide Sophia's premonition. What do you think the single person in the waka becoming 13 people with 'dog-like heads' signified?
  4. At the beginning of the Tale, it is said that the Tiki has the strength of ten chiefs combined. What does this mean?
  5. How much do you know about the eruption of Tarawera and the impact it had? Use the 'Key questions' response template to pose questions you'd like to research. Then make notes from this and other sources as you research the answers.

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Key questions