Title: Pūkaki: Te Hokinga Mai o te Auahitūroa
Author: Paul Tapsell
Translator: Scotty Te Manahau Morrison
Specs: 248 x 248 mm portrait, PB, 188 pp, colour
Publishing: 12 September 2017
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.