Maui and the giant fish

Maui and the giant fish
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  • Maui Is Not Allowed To Go Fishing With His Older Brothers
  • Maui hooks onto Te Ika a Maui!
  • A new land is formed
  • Māui dreamed of the day that he could go fishing with his older brothers. Each time his brothers returned from fishing, Māui would ask, "Next time, can I come fishing with you?" But Māui's brothers would always make an excuse. "No, you're much too young to come fishing. We need all the room in our waka for the many fish that we catch.
  • After secretly jumping on-board, Maui dropped his magic fishhook over the side of the waka. After a while he felt a strong tug on the line. Maui called to his brothers for assistance. After much straining and pulling, up suddenly surfaced Te Ika a Maui (the fish of Maui), known today as the North Island of New Zealand.
  • Maui's brothers began to argue about the possession of this new land. They took out their weapons and started pounding away at the catch. The blows on the land created the many mountains and valleys of the North Island today. The South Island is known as Te Waka a Maui (the waka of Maui).
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