Kia Hou Taku Tou/I Need a New Bum!

Translated by Stephanie Huriana Fong

Written by Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Te reo Māori edition out tomorrow marks tenth-anniversary of global bestseller I Need a New Bum!

It was hearing her own tamariki plead to have Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird’s books in te reo that motivated translator Stephanie Huriana Fong to get to work on the bestselling I Need a New Bum!.


Her sparkling, rhyming Māori version of the text arrives with perfect timing in September — ready for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2022, and also marking ten years since the book first hit the shelves.

All of the colourful and active main text is in te reo, following our hero as he searches for a tou hou/new bum, after finding that his one has a crack.

Kia hou taku tou! Ko tōku, kua tawhā. 

Ki te whakaata kitea ai te tāwha i muri nā.

‘Subtitles’ in English run at the bottom of the page to help readers of all ages to understand and learn.

Stephanie’s gorgeous rhyming reo is available at good booksellers nationwide from 1 September.

Kia Hou Taku Tou! ‘brings the New Bum home’ almost exactly 10 years after it was published on 20 September 2012.

It marks the latest in a string of language versions — the boy with the cracked behind has delighted readers in American English, Chinese, Italian, Korean and Portuguese, with further editions under development in Spanish and Turkish. 

The translator

Stephanie Huriana Fong (Te Rarawa) is a registered translator of te reo Māori who also appears on Māori Television and in other media. She has translated several other books, including Rona Moon (Oratia Books, 2020). Stephanie lives with her whānau in Te Atatū, Auckland.

The authors

Dawn McMillan is the much-loved author of numerous children’s books including I Need a New Bum! Doctor Grundy’s Undies and the 2020 release Sir SingletShe lives in Waiomu, north of Thames. Ross Kinnaird is a legendary illustrator and designer whose books have been published around the world, many of them in collaboration with Dawn. He lives close to the water on Auckland’s North Shore.

Publication: 1 September 2022  |  ISBN: 978-1-99-004224-9 | RRP $19.99

Paperback, 230 x 215 mm portrait, 32 pages, colour