Auckland Libraries: Te reo Māori new titles

Te reo Māori new titles

Ngā Taitara Māori hōu

Discover the latest te reo Māori language books for kids and adults. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.

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Fish of Aotearoa  by Kate Dickson

Fish of Aotearoa

Kate Dickson

Picture book

"A book for even the littlest fishermen. Explore the common fish of New Zealand with their Māori names and a catchy rhyme."--Publisher's description.

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Ko Tāwhaki nui ā hema:  by Sidney M. Mead

Ko Tāwhaki nui ā hema:

Sidney M. Mead

Book

"He tipua a Tāwhaki, he māia, he tangata whai pūkenga, whai kaha hoki me tōna mīharo hoki. I ora mai anō a ia i tana patunga e ōna taokete. Ka pā ōna ringa ki ngā whatu o tōna kuia kāpō, ka kita anō ia. Ka piki ia i nga rangi tūhākā ki te rapu i tana...

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Pukapuka karaipiture tuatahi

Pukapuka karaipiture tuatahi

Book

"In 1827, around 12 years after the arrival of the Bible in Aotearoa, the very first book of the scriptures in Te Reo Māori was published. The 31 page publication included the first three chapters of Genesis, the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20, Matthew...

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Ko wai kei te papa takaro? = Who is at the playground?  by Te Ataakura Pewhairangi

Ko wai kei te papa takaro? = Who is at the playground?

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi

Picture book

"Me kimi ko wai e tākaro ana ki runga i te retireti, i te tārere, i te pae piki i runga aha anō i tēnei pukapuka papa whakamīharo mō tētahi toronga ki te papatākaro. He pukapuka māmā, pātai atu, whakahoki mai tōna hanga hei hoatu i kupu hou me ngā r...

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Tiare Tangaroa me te Taipō Moana  by Tania Kelly Roxborogh

Tiare Tangaroa me te Taipō Moana

Tania Kelly Roxborogh

Book

"This is the Māori language edition of Charlie Tangaroa and the Creature from the Sea. On a beach clean-up, thirteen-year-old one-legged Charlie and his brother, Robbie, find a ponaturi - a mermaid - washed up on a beach. An ancient grudge between the...

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Awatea rātou ko te kapa Kawa  by Fraser Smith

Awatea rātou ko te kapa Kawa

Fraser Smith

Book

"It's the holidays, and Awatea is staying with his grandparents at the beach. He's got lots of time and freedom to explore, visit the tree hut and have adventures with Carrot, the talking parrot. Awatea catches fish, cooks over a campfire and spends a...

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Ko te hiakai tangata  by Sidney M. Mead

Ko te hiakai tangata

Sidney M. Mead

Book

"This is the Māori language edition of Te Hiakai Tangata: The Taniwha of Tuarā-rangaia. A taniwha that lives beside a track between villages menaces travellers and the surrounding iwi. When a chief's son is taken by the taniwha, Te Hiakai, the people...

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Te taonga huna o Awatea  by Fraser Smith

Te taonga huna o Awatea

Fraser Smith

Book

"Awatea is staying in the country with his grandparents and uncles - next door to Mrs Carol's house, said to be haunted. Awatea's uncles challenge him to spend a night there, but can he do it? Meantime, they go to stay at the beach, where he meets the...

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Ko Whetū Toa me te tangata tūmatarau  by Steph Matuku

Ko Whetū Toa me te tangata tūmatarau

Steph Matuku

Book

"When Whetu's mother takes a job at a magician's house and farm, Whetū becomes the animal keeper, looking after some unusual animals and the magician's stage assistant - a troublesome white rabbit called Errant. Errant's been playing around with magic...

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My first book of words = Kupu  by Katie Kool

My first book of words = Kupu

Katie Kool

Picture book

A bilingual book of Te Reo Māori and English words.

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My first book of numbers  = Tohutau  by Katie Kool

My first book of numbers = Tohutau

Katie Kool

Picture book

Each page has a picture of a number of objects and the corresponding numeral for very young children.

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My first book of animals = Kararehe  by Katie Kool

My first book of animals = Kararehe

Katie Kool

Picture book

Introduces the Māori words for different kinds of animals.

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Te pi miere  by Te Aorere Riddell

Te pi miere

Te Aorere Riddell

Book

Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, and life cycle of the honeybee. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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Te kokorangi  by Witi Ihimaera

Te kokorangi

Witi Ihimaera

Book

"E kimi ana a Te Kokorangi i etahi pia hou tokowha hei ako i nga korero o Matariki me te maramataka. Kowhiria ana etahi tama tokotoru, me tetahi kotiro, he pani, ko Aria te ingoa. Tohe ana a Aria kia haere ano ko tana kuri haunga i tona taha. Ka ahua...

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Kua whetūrangitia a koro  by Brianne Te Paa

Kua whetūrangitia a koro

Brianne Te Paa

Picture book

"A young boy learns about the customs around celebrating Matariki from his grandfather. They watch the stars from the top of a mountain, prepare their offering of food for the gods, and the boy learns about Te Waka o Rangi and the tradition of calling...

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Matariki  by Kirsten Parkinson

Matariki

Kirsten Parkinson

Picture book

"How can we celebrate Matariki? Let's look to the stars! Maumaharatia - Remembering our past. Tiakina te taio - Caring for our environment. Te whakawhanaungatanga - Connecting with our people. Me pēhea tātou e whakanui i a Matariki? Tirohia ngā whetū...

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Puripāha  by Witi Ihimaera

Puripāha

Witi Ihimaera

Book

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Te whakaako toikupu = Teaching poetry  by Vaughan Rapatahana

Te whakaako toikupu = Teaching poetry

Vaughan Rapatahana

Book

"This bilingual resource is designed for the teaching of poetry to most students in all schools within Aotearoa New Zealand, regardless of their respective skill levels and ages. It mainly comprises poems written in English (combined with a translation...

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Ko tōku māmā te kuini o te rori  by Jennifer Beck

Ko tōku māmā te kuini o te rori

Jennifer Beck

Picture book

"This is the Māori language edition of My Mum is Queen of the Road. Ari and Isabella play with trucks and diggers, making roads in a sandpit. Ari tells Isabella that his mother is a roadworker who works the Stop/Go sign and is called Queen of the Roa...

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Puanga me Matariki  by Sharon Holt

Puanga me Matariki

Sharon Holt

Picture book

A song about Puanga and Matariki. Matariki is a star cluster and Puanga is a star in the sky too. According to some tribes Puanga is a sign of the start of the new year.

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Mōrena mōrena  by Ruia Aperahama

Mōrena mōrena

Ruia Aperahama

Picture book

"This book is about morning routines. It is the first book in our series that brings a previously written song to life in a book"--Page 2.

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Ngā ngeru  by Amiria Stirling

Ngā ngeru

Amiria Stirling

Picture book

"This is the Māori language edition of The Cats of Pāia Street. This story takes a sneak peek at the hidden lives and adventures of cats Brucie and Naki, and little dog Wolfie. Brucie is glamorous, sassy and a martial arts expert. Wolfie is crazy about...

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Let's go on a beach walk  by Abel Junior. author. Tutagalevao

Let's go on a beach walk

Abel Junior. author. Tutagalevao

Book

"An interactive book with great visual pictures to compliment place-based learning at the beach. Few things are as good for mental wellness as going outside and learning to use our senses.The book turns walking to the beach into an interactive, playf...

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Tu meke tuatara!  by Malcolm Clarke

Tu meke tuatara!

Malcolm Clarke

Picture book

"Kua pāpōuri a tahi tuatara. Nā konā, ka whakapau kaha a Roger Ruru ki te manamanahau a ia, auare ake. Kātahi ka rongo nga hoa takirua ne i tētahi auē tūmekemeke. Kua raruraru e wai? Ka ahatia e Tahi rāua ko Roger?"--Publisher's description.

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Let's go for a bush walk  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Let's go for a bush walk

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Book

"A fun interactive picture book for bush/forest excursions and place-based learning. Few things are as good for mental wellness as going outside and learning to use our senses. The book turns exploring the bush into an interactive, playful, learning ...

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He kōrero mō ngā manu o Aotearoa  by G. F. (Geoffrey Francis) Fuller

He kōrero mō ngā manu o Aotearoa

G. F. (Geoffrey Francis) Fuller

Book

"Geoffrey Fuller has painted ... illustrations to accompany his rhyming text about birds commonly found in New Zealand. The 20 featured birds include the popular kea, tūi and kiwi as well as less celebrated birds such as the mallard, pied stilt and.....

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Te pou herenga waka o Rehua  by Claire Kaahu White

Te pou herenga waka o Rehua

Claire Kaahu White

Book

"This book is a history of Māori Affairs trade training in Christchurch and the role played by Rehua Marae. It charts a little understood period of Māori social history in NZ from the 1950s to the early 2000s and reflects the unique partnership of Ngai...

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Te kōrero mō Waihiko  by Hori Te Ariki Mataki

Te kōrero mō Waihiko

Hori Te Ariki Mataki

Book

Fictional story of Waihiko, the god of electricity who is responsible for the digital world today.

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Kui Ūkui-Ūkuikui  by Joy Cowley

Kui Ūkui-Ūkuikui

Joy Cowley

Picture book

After the cow, the pig and the duck have rolled in the mud Mrs Wishy-washy puts each in the tub and scrubs them clean.

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Ngā Purū o Hauraki  by Nikki Slade-Robinson

Ngā Purū o Hauraki

Nikki Slade-Robinson

Picture book

Broo, a young Bryde's Whale is searching for food but it's getting harder and harder to find. ... [A] tale that addresses the challenges faced by marine life in the Hauraki Gulf, ... reminding us of the importance of the conservation of our whole mar...

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Ngā taonga e waru mā Te Wheke  by Steph Matuku

Ngā taonga e waru mā Te Wheke

Steph Matuku

Picture book

"Tamati and his little sister, Aria, are playing on the beach when Aria hurts herself and can't stop crying. Te Wheke, an octopus, hears her and says he can help. But he tricks Tamati by throwing him a gold coin and a shiny pearl, and while both Tamati's...

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Lucas’s car = Te waka o Lucas  by Marie Munro

Lucas’s car = Te waka o Lucas

Marie Munro

Picture book

Lucas has a car, he drives it very fast, he drives it round and round, coming first and never last. Will thrill-seeking, speed king, Lucas, resist the temptation, or will he drive his car down the stairs? -- Back cover.

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Ētahi rotarota o Aotearoa  by Janet Horwell

Ētahi rotarota o Aotearoa

Janet Horwell

Book

"Diverse, inclusive and modern nursery rhymes co-created with our tamariki for 2021 and beyond. The book re-imagines outdated, traditional rhymes into fun and playful celebrations of everything that is Aotearoa. Rhymes for all tamariki - no matter th...

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Mīhini nui  by Diana Freeman

Mīhini nui

Diana Freeman

Book

"When we make new roads, we need machines to help us. When we build new schools and houses, we need machines. They do work that is too hard for us. Some machines help to load ships and lift heavy things. Some machines move earth and rocks."--Publishe...

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Nuku  by Qiane Matata-Sipu

Nuku

Qiane Matata-Sipu

Book

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Nga ripo wai = Swirling waters : a Kerikeri anthology

Nga ripo wai = Swirling waters : a Kerikeri anthology

Book

"Kororipo Pa faces Stone Store across an inlet fringed with northern trees history looks different here ... This multi-genre anthology in te reo Maori and English explores the uneven terrain of Kerikeri and its history, from the pa to the store, from...

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Huia short stories. 14, Contemporary Māori fiction.

Huia short stories. 14, Contemporary Māori fiction.

Book

"These stories present the best writung from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2021. The authors are a mix of new writers and known authors. The stories they tell have characters that will stay with you, descriptions that evoke s trong sense of time...

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Te pakanga a Ngāti Rānaki me Te Ranga-Tipua

Te pakanga a Ngāti Rānaki me Te Ranga-Tipua

Graphic novel

"Ngāti Rānaki me Te Ranga-Tipua - mai anō i te wehenga of Rangi rāua ko Papa ko rāua tonu ngā tauā tuahangata rongonui katoa - ka wera te umu pokapoka o te ao tukupū i tēnei pakanga turaki aorangi ... He kohinga nō ngā pakiwaituhi hirahira katoa i tēnei...

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Sweet dreams, sleep tight = Kia au te moe, kia reka te moemoea  by Robyn Kahukiwa

Sweet dreams, sleep tight = Kia au te moe, kia reka te moemoea

Robyn Kahukiwa

Picture book

A girl puts herself to sleep by having an imaginary dream.

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Twinkle twinkle Matariki = Tīrama, tīrama, Matariki  by Rebecca Larsen

Twinkle twinkle Matariki = Tīrama, tīrama, Matariki

Rebecca Larsen

Picture book

"Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho want to fly very high. Join them as they blast off to explore the nine stars of Matariki"--Back cover.

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I waho, i te moana  by Yvonne Morrison

I waho, i te moana

Yvonne Morrison

Picture book

"Out in the moana, underneath the sparkling sun, lived a mother sea lion and her little pup one ... A playful retelling of the much-loved traditional story, Over in the Meadow. This companion title to Morrison's Down in the Forest features fascinating...

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The Raupō phrasebook of modern Māori  by Scotty Morrison

The Raupō phrasebook of modern Māori

Scotty Morrison

Book

The Raupo Phrasebook of Modern Maori is an up-to-date, versatile and relevant resource for anyone wanting to use the Maori language in everyday life.

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Koro  by Gavin Bishop

Koro

Gavin Bishop

Picture book

"A day with grandad showing ... the bond between grandfather and child: a small hand in a big one, big gumboots and little, some food, stories and a snooze to finish"--Publisher's website.

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Te kuia me te pūngāwerewere = the kuia and the spider  by Patricia Grace

Te kuia me te pūngāwerewere = the kuia and the spider

Patricia Grace

Book

"Who's best at weaving, the kuia or the spider? They decide to ask their grandchildren"--Publisher information.

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Te Tuna Wātakirihi me ngā tamariki o te Tiriti o Toa = Watercress Tuna and the children of Champion Street  by Patricia Grace

Te Tuna Wātakirihi me ngā tamariki o te Tiriti o Toa = Watercress Tuna and the children of Champion Street

Patricia Grace

Picture book

"Story about a magical eel that presents cultural treasures to a group of Māori, Pasifika and Pākehā children, who then use their gifts to enrich their neighbourhood... It celebrates diverse cultural heritage and the role of music and dance in bringing...

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Mokopuna Matatini  by Pania Tahau-Hodges

Mokopuna Matatini

Pania Tahau-Hodges

Book

"It's national kapa haka competition time again, and this Māori performing arts festival is a big event! It needs planning, tactics and dedication - and that's just for the people watching! Nan's a hardcore kapa haka follower, and she shows her mokopuna...

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Ngā tai whakarongorua, encounters  by Rebecca Rice

Ngā tai whakarongorua, encounters

Rebecca Rice

Book

The portrait wall in Toi Art, the art gallery within New Zealands national museum, Te Papa, is the most popular art exhibition for museum visitors. Hung salon-style on dark red walls, its 36 arresting portraits span historical portraiture to contempo...

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Ko te rangatira o te awa  by Nicolette Parsons

Ko te rangatira o te awa

Nicolette Parsons

Picture book

"Sit along side your little one and share the delights as you meet Ernest and his friends... before being introduced to someone special in this delightful children’s picture book. At the end of the book, there displays a page of insects - to be found...

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Waiwhero  by Ngāhuia Murphy

Waiwhero

Ngāhuia Murphy

Book

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Te hipo huna  by Juliette MacIver

Te hipo huna

Juliette MacIver

Picture book

On a visit to Don's Safari, the students in class 2B attempt to find a missing hippopotamus.

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Ka tukia te māhunga o Bib = Bib bumps its head. by Ronald Leunissen

Ka tukia te māhunga o Bib = Bib bumps its head.

Ronald Leunissen

Picture book

"Rata pai ana a Bib ki te oma. Hangahanga ana te tautau o te peka. Kāore a Bib e aro atu. He mate pea kei te haere? = Bib loves to run. The branch is hanging low. Bib is not paying attention. How will this end?"--Publisher's description.

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Kei te aha ngā kararehe  by Te Ataakura Pewhairangi

Kei te aha ngā kararehe

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi

Picture book

"Find out what all the animals are up to in this delightful board book, in te reo Māori. The simple question-and-answer format introduces new words in an engaging and interactive way, and the charming photographs by renowned New Zealand photographer ...

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This dog = Ko tēnei kurī  by Ian (Wellington author) Munro

This dog = Ko tēnei kurī

Ian (Wellington author) Munro

Picture book

A blackbird in a garden tells us about a dog. Each page begins with the phrase "This dog that is my dog ..." or "Ko tēnei kurī, arā, taku kurī ..." and describes the behaviour.

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Ko PekaKiwi  by Melinda Szymanik

Ko PekaKiwi

Melinda Szymanik

Picture book

"Can Kiwi become the hero of the forest that he longs to be? Kiwi lives in a the forest amongst the kākāpō, kunekune pigs, ruru, wētā and kerurū. He longs to be fast enough to come to the aid of his friends when they are in need. There is just one pr...

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Te kahui o Matariki  by Sharon Holt

Te kahui o Matariki

Sharon Holt

Picture book

In this book we focus on each of the nine stars in the Matariki cluster, and their relationship to the environment. We know you will love the song and illustrations.

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Ki te moe Aotearoa  by Donovan Bixley

Ki te moe Aotearoa

Donovan Bixley

Picture book

The baby animals around New Zealand settling down to sleep.

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He wheke wai mamangu au  by Stephanie Thatcher

He wheke wai mamangu au

Stephanie Thatcher

Picture book

"Join good friends, Inky and Jellyfish, as they play a spirited game of tag amongst the creatures and plants of the ocean"--Publisher information.

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Nga tamariki a Tane = The children of Tane  by Amanda Jackson

Nga tamariki a Tane = The children of Tane

Amanda Jackson

Book

Introduces, in Māori and English, some different kinds of New Zealand birds. Includes notes on Māori enunciation. Suggested level: junior.

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Te Uruuru Whenua o Ngātoroirangi  by Chris Winitana

Te Uruuru Whenua o Ngātoroirangi

Chris Winitana

Book

"This is the story of the arrival of Ngātoroirangi in Aotearoa and his exploration of the landscape and subduing of kaitiaki, such as the guardian of Tarawera, Tamaohoi; the guardian of water on Kaingaroa, Torepatutai; and the King of the Patupaiarehe,...

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Ko Flit, te Tīrairaka me te mahere Matariki  by Katherine Q. (Katherine Quin) Merewether

Ko Flit, te Tīrairaka me te mahere Matariki

Katherine Q. (Katherine Quin) Merew...

Picture book

"Join Flit and his friends, Keri the kiwi and wise old Ruru, as they explore the night skies to work out how to capture a sparkling star. When the friends get lost, they follow the twinkling clues in the sky to find their way back home"--Publisher in...

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Ngake me Whātaitai  by Ben Ngaia

Ngake me Whātaitai

Ben Ngaia

Picture book

"A traditional story told in te reo Māori from the perspective of the Kāhui Maunga people about Ngake and Whātaitai. These two taniwha inhabited Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington Harbour, long before the ancestral migrations. The story tells how the shape...

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Kia ora  by Sharon Holt

Kia ora

Sharon Holt

Picture book

Kia Ora is a book which asks and answers questions about feelings in te reo Māori. The boy in the story goes around his family members asking Kei te pehea koe? and receives a variety of responses. At the end, his friend arrives and everyone is kei te...

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Māmā, e hiakai ana mātou  by Teri Ta'ala

Māmā, e hiakai ana mātou

Teri Ta'ala

Picture book

The kids are hungry! One by one, Hohepa, Raniera and Hineraumati let Mama know that it's time to eat. She replies by telling them where to find the food. When the kids go to the fridge, the cupboard and the vegie basket, they can't see any food. It's...

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Tīhei Kahungunu.

Tīhei Kahungunu.

Book

The Tihei Kahungunu concept derived out of marae hikoi consultation process initiated in 2001. Iwi leaders visited the 90 marae in Kahungunu to introduce the 25 year vision. During these visits iwi leaders received requests for the compilation of ico...

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He iti te kupu  by Hona Black

He iti te kupu

Hona Black

Book

"Ko tā te kupu whakarite he whakaahua, he whakarite, i ētahi ahuatanga, e te nuinga o te wā nō te taiao, ki ngā āhuatanga o te tangata, ki ngā horopaki rānei. Kai te takiwā o te 500 ngā kupu whakarite o te pukapuka nei, Hei Iti te Kupu, kua āta whakaritea...

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Three little wax-eyes = Nga tauhou e toru  by Kinsa Hays

Three little wax-eyes = Nga tauhou e toru

Kinsa Hays

Picture book

"Learning something new isn't always easy. Sometimes we need help from others. This is the story of how three little chicks faced their fears with help from mum and dad."--Back cover.

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Ngā Uru Tarata O Huatau  by Teariki Tuiono

Ngā Uru Tarata O Huatau

Teariki Tuiono

Picture book

The story of Ngā Uru Tarata O Huatau, a grove of lemonwood trees, significant to Ngāti Te Awa. This is part of a series of books and a compact disc telling the stories of Ngāti Te Awa which include books, waiata, haka and art. It was originally intended...

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Kāeaea  by Teariki Tuiono

Kāeaea

Teariki Tuiono

Picture book

A description of the kāeaea (also known as the karearea), the New Zealand falcon, guardian of Ngāti Te Awa. This is part of a series of books and a compact disc telling the stories of Ngāti Te Awa which include books, waiata, haka and art. It was ori...

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Uenuku  by Teariki Tuiono

Uenuku

Teariki Tuiono

Picture book

A description of Uenuku, the rainbow god Ngāti Te Awa, ko Mātukūtureia and other landmarks of the Manukau Harbour. This is part of a series of books and a compact disc telling the stories of Ngāti Te Awa which include books, waiata, haka and art. It ...

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Kaiwhare  by Teariki Tuiono

Kaiwhare

Teariki Tuiono

Picture book

A description of Kaiwhare, orca and principal kaitiaki to Ngāti Te Awa. This is part of a series of books and a compact disc telling the stories of Ngāti Te Awa which include books, waiata, haka and art. It was originally intended for use as a teachi...

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Te Manurewa o Tamapahore  by Teariki Tuiono

Te Manurewa o Tamapahore

Teariki Tuiono

Picture book

A description of Tamapahore, his ancestors, including Huakaiwaka and Huatau, Mātukūtureia and other landmarks of the Manukau Harbour. This publication is part of a series of books and a compact disc telling the stories of Ngāti Te Awa which include b...

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Ko te pūtake mo te Kirihimete = The reason for Christmas  by Siu Williams-Lemi

Ko te pūtake mo te Kirihimete = The reason for Christmas

Siu Williams-Lemi

Book

"The Reason for Christchurch" is a bilingual English and Te Reo Maori sing-a-long book for preschoolers. This song is written by Loopy Tunes, who are a sister duo based in Christchurch that run live, interactive music and movement sessions for preschoolers...

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He Kirihimete karakara Kiwi = It's a colourful Kiwi Christmas  by Siu Williams-Lemi

He Kirihimete karakara Kiwi = It's a colourful Kiwi Christmas

Siu Williams-Lemi

Book

"He Kirihimete Karakara Kiwi / A Colourful Kiwi Christmas" is a bilingual English and Te Reo Maori sing-a-long book for preschoolers. This song is written by Loopy Tunes, who are a sister duo based in Christchurch that run live, interactive music and...

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