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Moira Wairama
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Moira Wairama

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Moira Wairama is a published poet, playwright, storyteller, performer and kura kaupapa teacher, and an award-winning children’s book author. She writes in both English and Maori, and bilingual retellings of Maori legends are one of her specialties. Her story The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour/Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui-a-tara with illustrations by Bruce Potter (Puffin 2011) won a Storylines Notable Non-fiction award and the LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Award in 2012. Moira lives in Wellington with her partner, performer Tony Hopkins, and they are co-founders of Soul Food Tellers, performing stories for audiences of all ages.

Books by Moira Wairama

Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui-a-tara

Discover the dramatic Maori legend about the creation of Wellington Harbour in this story written entirely in te reo Maori.

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The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour

A legend about the two taniwha who played a role in forming Wellington Harbour, retold by Moira Warama, with stunning illustrations by Bruce Potter

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