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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779476
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

Taniwha




A Maori-English edition of the classic, award-winning story about a boy who makes friends with a taniwha, by one of Aotearoa's foremost artists.


Trailblazing Maori artist Robyn Kahukiwa's award-winning picture book about a boy who makes friends with a taniwha is now available in this bilingual Maori-English edition.

Kua whakahoa atu tetahi tama ki te taniwha kei tona awa. Kaore nga tangata i te whakapono he taniwha.
Heoi ano, ko raua tena ka haereere ki te kohi i etahi taonga o te ao turoa.

A little boy has made friends with the taniwha in his river, but no-one believes him. The taniwha takes the boy on a journey through time and myth where he meets some amazing characters, gathering the earth's treasures as he goes.

A stunning bilingual children's story that seamlessly incorporates Maori myth, culture and landscape, by one of Aotearoa's foremost artists.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779476
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa (Ngati Porou) is a highly regarded New Zealand contemporary artist and award-winning author and illustrator of children's books.
Born in Sydney, Australia, she trained as a commercial artist and came to New Zealand at the age of 19, where she came to be known for her work drawing on Maori symbolism and mythological figures as well as for her staunch support of Maori women's rights. She has written and illustrated 12 books of her own, and illustrated a number of stories for other New Zealand authors, most notably Patricia Grace. In 2011 Kahukiwa was awarded Te Tohu Toi Ke a Te Waka Toi/Making a Difference Award for her contribution to Maori arts.

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Awards & recognition

New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year Award

Winner  •  1987  •  New Zealand Government Awards

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