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Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary “whale rider.” In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only great-grandchild–and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she has the whale rider’s ancient gift of communicating with whales.

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Comments on: "Whale rider – Witi Ihimaera" (9)

  1. Taylor said:

    Whale Rider by Niki Caro, explores traditional Maori culture filmed in a modern setting. The elders of the Maori people and Koro believe that they should still go by the old ways, which are being neglected by the new generations. The elders are trying to maintain their culture. Koro is looking for a new chief who will wear the whale’s tooth necklace, which is the symbol of the dominate male of the. This movie is very touching. Pai became the leader, it was the start of a lot of new opportunities for girls.

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  2. This book and movie was a pretty good book. It has a great story lines but also sad a times. When I first heard about I wasn’t really intrested but when I read it and watched the movie, I felt so touched. Its set on the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and male. Many generations later, the contemporary tale revolves around a young mother whose male newborn twin dies in childbirth. Her young husband flees New Zealand in grief, leaving grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers to raise the sole survivor, a feisty little girl named Pai, who radiates with life and energy. It’s no wonder that her grandmother and the entire community love her, but alas, the grandfather she worships is too busy mourning the loss of the baby boy he expected would lead the tribe to better days. I would recommend both the book and movie. 5/10

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  3. Whale Rider. It was a whole different thing to what I imagined. We had to do it for a assessment task projected and I was touched. my favourite character was nanny flowers, because she loved paikea and she had a strong heart, and also she was always positive towards everyone. I would rate this book a 6/10 and age maybe 10+.

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  4. tylah.c said:

    i really enjoyed this book and movie when watching it with the class. i enjoyed the movie more because it had a lot of detail and i can get whats going on in the movie. my favourite character was nanny flowers, because she loved paikea and she had a strong heart, and also she was always positive towards everyone. my favourite part of the movie was when paikea saved the stranded whales back into the water.

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  5. Hayley.G said:

    I really liked the book and the movie. When my english teacher said that we were going to watch the movie I thought to myself I should see if there is a book. I think that this book is suitable for the age10-14.I rate it a 9/10 because the wording was really good and it linked to the movie.

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  6. Grace said:

    I thought this book was ok. I found it a little boring and corny but it still sent the right message to its readers. Paikea was a girl, she was discriminated against and left out. She was chewed up and spat out. The culture of her family and New Zealand had this sexist attitude intertwined into society. The kindness shown throughout the book is evident and we learn how one girls dream can become her reality if she truly tries.
    Rating: 4/10
    Age: 11 – 13

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  7. Emanuella said:

    I think that this book shows that if you never give up you can achieve things that seem impossible. Its shows through inner war, peace betweeen people and their minds human kind can shows kindness to animals that are humble. Even though this tory was written about a New Zealand family and the troubles a town faces. This book also shows the many traditions can be still potrayed within many communities, european and many other cultures. I reccomend this book to be read as it gives you a spark in your eye and it would be a 8/10.

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  8. Whale Rider. It was a whole different thing to what I imagined. We had to do it for a assessment task projected and I was touched. From the Start Paikea left out, excluded and treated very bad. That all happened because her twin brother died and He was next in line for the role of being an leader. His death made everything wrong until Paikea was right. It shows that no matter what gender you are or if you are born from a line of leaders you can still be one, the one to leader their land. While reading the book or watching this movie you will still enjoy the thrills and what a little courage can do. I recommend this to everyone and give it a 10/10!!!!

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  9. This books and movie is fantastic, I loved it. Its a great story but also sad. When I first heard about I wasn’t really intrested but when I read it and watched the movie, I felt so touched. Its about somewhere on the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and male. Many generations later, the contemporary tale revolves around a young mother whose male newborn twin dies in childbirth. Her young husband flees New Zealand in grief, leaving grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers to raise the sole survivor, a feisty little girl named Pai, who radiates with life and energy. It’s no wonder that her grandmother and the entire community love her, but alas, the grandfather she worships is too busy mourning the loss of the baby boy he expected would lead the tribe to better days. I would recommend you all to read this people but If your not into reading you can watch the movie!! This movie is very interesting and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I give this movie 10/10:)

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