Whakarongo ki ō Tūpuna
Listen to your ancestors
Author: Darryn Joseph
Illustrator: Munro Te Whata
ISBN: 978-0-947506-67-4
RRP: $22.99
Specs: 270 x 210 mm portrait, PB, 32 pp, colour
Published: 5 March 2024
WINNER: NZSA New Zealand Literary Heritage Awards 2020, Te Reo Māori section

Kia toa, e hine mā, e tama mā, kia kaua hoki koutou e whakamā. Me waiata koutou ki ngā manu o tō koutou tūpuna, o Tāne-mahuta.

Be bold now, girls and boys, it’s no time to be shy. Sing to the birds of your ancestor, The Great Forest.

This poignant story is set in a school and then rest home environment, following the life lessons passed from a teacher to her pupils, and aligning these with the example set by Māori gods and ancestors.

As the story unfolds the teacher ages and retires, and we see the beautiful and caring relationship between ‘Nan’ and her granddaughter.

Nan passes away; we are reminded of the circular nature of life as her granddaughter begins to teach her own pupils lessons from the ancestors.