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  • Title: Ngā Atua: Māori Gods Author/Illustrator: Robyn Kahukiwa ISBN: 978-0-947506-26-1 RRP: $25.99 Specs: 270 x 210 mm portrait, HB, 32 pp, colour Publishing: 22 June 2017 (for Matariki) The Book: A book to treasure for young and old, Robyn Kahukiwa’s Ngā Atua: Māori Gods takes the reader on a visual journey while imparting simple and effective explanations of the major Maori gods. Robyn introduces the pantheon of Māori gods, and explains the arena of life for which each deity is responsible. For example: Tumatauenga is the greatest warrior atua. His powers are extreme strength and courage. He fights for truth and justice. This striking hardback is a beautiful introduction to some of the unique deities that are part of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s cultural story, and affirms their continued relevance today.
  • Title: The Tunnel in our Backyard Author: Malcolm Paterson Illustrator: Hana Maihi ISBN: 978-0-947506-04-9 RRP: $22.99 Specs: 284 x 208 mm portrait, PB, 32 pp, colour Publishing: 16 June 2016 The Book: A charming picture book, The Tunnel in our Backyard brings to life for children the connection with the land around them - a land full of stories and reminders of history. Jennifer and her whanau go to Te Atatu to help her cousin Tui’s family move house to Mount Albert. What they learn from Nanny on the way about Matariki and the Waterview Tunnel leads on to a big discovery once they reach Mount Albert – that old tunnels also run under here! Under the guidance of Nanny and new neighbour Tefere, the kids relive old and more recent history and follow in the giant footsteps of the ancestor Ruarangi from Mount Albert down to Meola Reef in Point Chevalier.