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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779469
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

Taniwha i Warewaretia, Te/The Forgotten Taniwha



As the taniwha Ngakau Pono sleeps, big machines come, tall buildings rise and aeroplanes take off and land. Ngakau Pono has been forgotten by his people, until something happens and he begins to stir...


Trailblazing Maori artist Robyn Kahukiwa's picture book about the forgotten taniwha Ngakau Pono, meaning 'Loyal Heart', is now available in this bilingual Maori-English edition.

E hia rau tau nei a Ngakau Pono e tiaki ana i tona iwi. Heoi ano, no te wehenga atu o tona iwi i te pa, ka ahatia?

Ngakau Pono has been looking after his people for hundreds of years. But what happens when his people leave the pa?

A beautiful bilingual children's story about culture loss and rediscovery by one of Aotearoa's foremost artists.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143779469
  • 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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