Monday, May 17, 2010

The legend of Mt Taranaki

Many many years ago there were five great mountains they lived in the middle of the North Island and their names were Pukeonaki, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Pihanga.

Pihanga was the maiden of all four mountains and she was also Tongarioro's wife. Pukeonaki loved Pihanga but when Tongariro found out they had a ferocious fight over her.

Tongariro exploded in lava, fire and ash with rage that made the earth shake violently, which caused Pukeonaki's gashed crater.

In the end Pukeonaki was defeated. Broken hearted and banished, Pukeonaki headed towards the West Coast. As he travelled his tears created the Whanganui River{as the rest went out to sea} when Pukeonaki reached the West Coast, he saw the Pouakai mountain so he decided this was going to be his final resting place.


  1. What an awesome story Raven. I am really proud of the way you have started this week. Keep up the good work and strive to succeed in everything you do.

    Your Mum

  2. Nicely retold Raven. I love some of the phrases you have used to describe what occured. Well done and keep up the great effort!
    Mrs Nua

  3. Kia ora Raven. I really enjoy reading stories like yours. It give us another way at looking at the things around us like mountains. Keep up the creative writing.
    Matua Wyllis


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