Hearty congratulations to author Darryn Joseph and illustrator Munro Te Whata, whose book Whakarongo ki ō Tūpuna/Listen to your Ancestors won the best children’s book in Te Reo at the NZSA Heritage Book Awards, announced on Thursday at a ceremony in Christchurch.

Whakarongo ki ō Tūpuna teaches the values represented by Māori gods and ancestors, and provides a much-needed tool for reading in te Reo. But at its heart this is a story of love and respect, harking back to the friendship that inspired its writing.

Author Darryn Joseph

Munro Te Whata (left) with the book’s editor, Carolyn Lagahetau

Click here to read our blog post, and here to find out more about the book.