Kiwi loves to play rugby for his team the Pipis with his best pals, Kea, Kakapo, Heron, Koura and Kiore under the watchful eye of Coach Morepork. Proud of his black jersey and the silver fern logo, Kiwi learns that friendship, fair play and teamship are just as important as the rules and playing skills. In Kiwi has a Big Secret, Kiwi, like many sportspeople who have superstitions, has a pair of socks which he thinks help him play well and help the Pipis to win games. His lucky socks are a secret. But when he looses them, he panics and forgets about playing his best for the team until Coach Morepork gives him a nudge in the right direction. A story about the importance of self-belief but also being part of a team.
John Lockyer has written over 80 children's books both fiction and non-fiction for both general and educational publishers. His most popular titles include Harry and the Anzac Poppy and A Short History of New Zealand both of which have sold over 20,000 copies; The Kiwi, and The Kea, which was short listed for the 2002 Elsie Locke award. He is a teacher and lives in Auckland. Bob Darroch has illustrated and written eight books all of them still in print. His first book The Kiwi That Was Scared of the Dark has sold over 25,000 copies. Bob lives in Temuka.