Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Through the eyes of a Tekoteko.

Here are some more wonderful pieces of creative writing. Looking at the world through the eyes of a tekoteko placed on top of the whare at Mangamaungu Marae.

Ngā Atua, (Through the Eyes of a Tekoteko) Nā Avarua

As the warm wind blows onto my face I smell the ocean for the first time and see the mountains with snow. I have become a tekoteko. Now I look after Hohepa and everyone on the Maungamaungu Marae.

These past years I have seen many things and people, I have seen Ngati Kuri come and Kai Tahu as well. The many years have passed along with what I have seen? I have seen tamariki, Koro, Whaea and Matua but the thing that I love seeing are the Atua. Tangaroa, Papatuanuku, Ranginui, Tanemahuta, Ruamoko and Tawirimatea. They are all wonderful and amazing sons of the sky and the ground also known as Papatuanuku and Ranginui. There have been wars with the smoke rising from the ground making it hard to breathe. At that time, I couldn't see anything I could hear yelling and crying but when the Pakeha came, everyone went somewhere else and they haven't been seen since that war.


  1. You are right Ava - Tekoteko would have seen many things over the years. Wouldn't it be fascinating to be in Tekoteko's position!