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Title: Pūkaki: Te Hokinga Mai o te Auahitūroa Author: Paul Tapsell Translator: Scotty Te Manahau Morrison ISBN: 978-0-947506-25-4 RRP: $45 Specs: 248 x 248 mm portrait, PB, 188 pp, colour Publishing: 12 September 2017 The Book: This major Māori translation is a book of national importance with special value for all descendants of Te Arawa and residents of Rotorua. Pūkaki — Te Hokinga Mai o te Auahitūroa records the life and transformations of Pūkaki, an ancestral father of Ngāti Whakaue of Te Arawa. From mortal rangatira to international icon in the Te Maori exhibition, follow Pūkaki on his return home to Rotorua in 1997, his representation on New Zealand’s 20-cent coin, and his subsequent relocation to the Rotorua Museum. Winner of the 2000 E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction, this heavily illustrated work intersperses the author’s research with the memories of Ngāti Whakaue elders. This te Reo edition, brilliantly translated by Scotty Morrison of Ngāti Whakaue, updates the story of Pūkaki through to 2017.
Title: Te Reo Māori: The Basics Explained Author: David Kārena-Holmes ISBN: 978-0-947506-69-8 RRP: $34.99 Specs: 210 x 148 mm portrait, PB, 168 pp, b&w Published: 5 February 2020 The Book: The use of te reo Māori in daily New Zealand life is snowballing, as is demand for resources to make learning the language efficient and enjoyable. This book helps answer that demand. Here in simple terms is a thorough guide to the building blocks of grammar in te reo, showing how to create phrases, sentences and paragraphs. After an introductory chapter on pronunciation and written forms of the language, 17 chapters introduce the main base words, particles and determiners that guide their use. The book employs real-life examples to illustrate how Māori grammar works day to day. Te Reo Māori: The Basics Explained draws on David Karena-Holmes’ decades of experience teaching and writing about Māori language. Building on his previous works, this updated and expanded approach will be an essential companion for speakers at any level.
The Taniwha in our Backyard Author: Malcolm Paterson Illustrator: Martin Bailey ISBN: 978-0-947506-46-9 RRP: $22.99 Specs: 284 x 208 mm portrait, PB, 32 pp, colour Publishing: 12 September 2018 The Book: Tui, his cousin Jennifer and their whānau go to the south Kaipara to visit their Uncle Rua and Auntie Mina. Exploring the area down to Muriwai, they learn about moa, kauri, Māui dolphins, kaitiakitanga (stewardship), geology and more. In the telling of their stories, a previously unknown taniwha (monster) takes centre stage! The Taniwha in our Backyard mixes English and Māori (with a smattering of Malay), profiling established and newer ethnic groups. This third book in the Sharing Our Stories series carries on the kaupapa of connecting children with the amazing environments and history around them.