Title: The Tunnel in our Backyard
Author: Malcolm Paterson
Illustrator: Hana Maihi
Specs: 284 x 208 mm portrait, PB, 32 pp, colour
Publishing: 16 June 2016
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.