Author(s): David Brechin-Smith; Stephanie Tibble
Aimed at children aged seven to eleven, this book’s lively stories tell the tales of some of the taonga held at Aotearoa New Zealand’s famous national museum, Te Papa, through appealing text and fantastic illustrations. The book’s pūkōrero, or story teller, is Māui, the great Pacific hero and trickster. The stories are from both long ago and recent times and have been chosen in consultation with Te Papa’s mātauranga Māori curators and the relevant iwi. They range from how Ruhia’s kaitaka, or cloak, saved the life of a young boy and why the band Herbs wrote a song about nuclear testing in the Pacific to Huria Matenga and the Shipwreck, Rata and the Children of Tane, Willie Apiata and the Tough Decision, Hinemoa and Tutanekai, Te Paea and the Ghost Waka, Kahe’s Epic Swim, Heni and the Battle of Gate Pa, Kupe and the Giant Wheke, and Tane and the Kete of Knowledge. Each story is told via illustrations created by young Māori artists; some have illustrated stories from their own iwi. The book is linked to the TV series He Paki Taonga i a Māui, funded by Te Mangai Paho.
Also avaiable in Te Reo Maori as He Paki Taonga i a Māui.
From Kupe's anchor stone and Ruhia's cloak to a flute, like that used by Tutanekai, and Willie Apiata's uniform, this treasury of 20 stories - old and new - from Aotearoa springs from taonga held at Te Papa, and is acompanied by amazing images by some of Aotearoa's best young illustrators. A must-have for all libraries and families.