Mahuika - Te Whaea o te Ahi


This has to be one of my favourite myths and legends as a child, I read the book and the pictures only enhanced the story. This video version of the story that I found on Youtube,  involves a long time great family friend of mine Ramon Te Wake.

This is an interpretation of an aspect of the Māori creation story, from Aotearoa (New Zealand), told from the point of view of Mahuika, the goddess of fire, which describes how her grandson the demi-god Māui tricked her into giving away all of her power so that he could control the light and warmth on earth.

Produced in association with Copyright Licensing New Zealand Cultural Fund, the Aho Wahine series of digital graphic novels breathe new life into the traditional stories of Aotearoa/New Zealand, by re-imagining them from the point of view of the female characters. "Aho Wahine" originated from a concept developed in 2013 under the creative direction of Rhonda Kite ONZM.

This video is a recording of the story contained in the app 'Aho Wahine - Mahuika' and is best experienced in its original format - Available here:

English version

Story by Ramon Te Wake Artwork by Taupuruariki Brightwell Te Reo Māori by Hēmi Kelly Music by Maree Sheehan
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