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Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa

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Vulnerable gods and goddesses
Children born with unusual gifts
The protection offered by Mountains
Birds with bad timing

Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa explores a world where mythological characters and stories become part of everyday life. Old and new worlds co-exist, cultures mingle and, if we are lucky, magic happens. Familiar characters appear, but in these versions the god
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 31st 2011 by Huia Pub. (first published January 1st 2010)
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Riki Taniwha
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Great collection of short stories. one bit was so incredibly relatable, it’s really stayed with me. Reading work by someone in your own experience.
Melissa
It was serendipity that I even found this. N.K. Jemisin posted a link on FB 2 days okay that listed 10 women currently writing speculative fiction and Tina Makereti (one of 2 Kiwi authors, Karen Healey - I love her books, esp. "Guardian of the Dead" - was the other) was one of them. This is an anthology and is comparatively short. Some stories are fantastic (in both meanings of the word) and a couple are mundane. The first "skin and bones"is a re-telling of one of the Tane stories; the thing wit ...more
Carol
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I really liked this book. It was very hard for me to get, but I had wanted to read it so badly. I loved the stories, although some are simple, stories that you could find in any part of the world. But there are others that feel very... local. You can practically breathe New Zealand through them, and I think those were the ones I enjoyed the most, although they were the ones which had more Maori in them, and thus harder to read.
The first story was just completely and utterly amazing, the one
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Michelle Boyer-Kelly
A wonderful collection of short stories revolving around Aotearoa and the Maori who live there. The stories are short, but so full of life, you actually wish that this collection was double its size.

"skin and bones" is a great beginning, which discusses Tane and his early struggles to find a companion to spend his days with. For some time he searches for a "creation to be like him, his mirror, his equal" (5). At first it seems like he'll never find the comfort he seeks but eventually he makes H
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Nastia
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Guadalupe Reinas 2018 - Libro de un país que quieras visitar (Nueva Zelanda)

Para esta consigna quise buscar obras cortas de autoras maorí - que hay muchas - la dificultad es el acceso a ellas incluso en internet.
Terminé escogiendo este libro por casualidad, más que nada porque de todos los que me interesaron fue el único que encontré en línea. Me llamó la atención que el título se refiere al país con el nombre designado por su población indígena (Aotearoa, la nube blanca y larga).
La premisa del
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Jorge Rosas
A lovely collection of short stories with one thing in common New Zeland, some just happened to be there and could have gone the same way no matter where and some others had clear and deep cultural heritage; It does have a very feminine point of view and I felt the double culture involved in those stories. I loved a few of them liked some others and got stuck for a long time with a few others. I would have greatly appreciated a dictionary, some foot notes or a glossary included in this book, has ...more
Paige Ngatai
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of short stories, blending Pacific Māori myth with contemporary issues and a modern world. Highly recommended for those who are interested in New Zealand fiction closer to home.
Kirsten
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful stories invoking legend and weaving it up through to the present. The most contemporary stories really ground the others into a modern complexity of identity. Very promising author. And personally just nice to hear Maori in everyday speech again.
SBC
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. Didn't enjoy the style. ...more
Jennifer
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

This collection of short stories explore the presence of Maori mythology- and Maori mythological characters- in more real, everyday New Zealand life. It was very nicely put together overall, beginning with 'skin and bones' and ending with 'in the end.' I enjoyed each of the individual stories and thought the writer balanced the everyday with the mythical fairly well. It was written in a very personal, down-to-earth way.

It was hard to pick my favourite stories from the collection - I par
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Mandy Agrisola
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a time in Aotearoa is a great book that offers short fictional stories focusing on Maori mythology, identity and cultural traditions. By way of creative literature and humor as a tool, Makereti offered an interesting take between what it would be like if Maori Gods interacted with us mere mortals. She focused on the realities of being human and the struggles we face within are family dynamics and romantic relations. The book has a contemporary setting that makes it easier for the young ...more
Jennifer Park
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Once Upon A Time In Aotearoa" is an amazing collection of short-fiction pieces. One thing that I found to be most impressive was her use of Maori/Pacific myths and legends within her stories. She puts her own spin on each story whether she keeps it traditional like "Skin and Bones" or provides a more contemporary spin like she did with "Topknot". Either way, I absolutely loved her stories, no matter how bizarre and cliff-hanging it was. In addition to her insight into myths of the Pacifc, she a ...more
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Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings is Tina Makereti’s first novel. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers 2010), won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards Fiction Prize 2011. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (non-fiction), and in the same year received the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story writte ...more

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