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Island Toes — Tamatama’i Vae o Motu

Jul 01, 2024

Island Toes
Tamatama’i Vae o Motu

Christin Lozano
Illustrated by Mariko Merritt
Translated by Suzie-Jo Rasmussen

Toes are toes wherever you go, but toes around the Pacific Islands have even more things in common.

They may be flipper toes or jandal toes, clean toes or highchair toes, snorkel toes or swimming underway toes — all around the Pacific, you know that you have island toes.
This colourfully illustrated book takes young readers on a journey around the South Pacific — no shoes needed! 

First published in Hawai’i by Bess Press, Island Toes now reaches the South Pacific in Samoan as well as New Zealand English. 

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New Nanny Mihi book shares gardening wisdom

May 31, 2024

Nanny Mihi’s Harvest
Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi
by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Suzanne Simpson,
Translated by Kanapu Rangitauira

Publishing ahead of Matariki, Nanny Mihi’s Harvest Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi is the perfect book to learn about growing a garden, harvesting, and sharing food — letting tamariki (kids) and whānau (families) explore the significance of harvesting for the Māori New Year.

When her mokopuna arrive for the spring school holidays, Nanny Mihi enlists their help to plant seeds in her garden. 

As they return each season, the kids see their labours bear fruit, helping Nanny harvest, cook and preserve all the produce. 

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The story of Ratana retold to the present day in smart illustrated book

May 06, 2024

Ratana the Prophet
by Keith Newman

Timely revised edition of Ratana biography highlights lasting legacy of the church and movement he founded

When politicians descend onto a small pā near Whanganui every January to kick off the political year, the Ratana name is on everyone’s lips.

Yet the life of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, and the history and workings of his church and movement, are less known.

At a time where co-governance and The Treaty of Waitangi are at the centre of political debate, the revised edition of Ratana the Prophet is a timely publication.

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Oratia Books Catalogue 2024 out now

Apr 18, 2024

The Oratia Books Catalogue 2024 is out now in print and digital form.

This year we’re delighted to profile 16 books alongside a growing backlist, as the introduction below outlines.

Thanks once more to Cheryl Smith for the catalogue design, and Simon and team at Haysom Print for the print job.

Click here to view or download the PDF, or to request a print copy please email

Welcome to this catalogue for Oratia Books’ new titles for 2024 and our growing backlist of published works.

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