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Te Tuna Watakirihi Me Nga Tamariki O Te Tiriti O Toa

Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street
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Te Tuna Watakirihi Me Nga Tamariki O Te Tiriti O Toa by Patricia Grace

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Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa's classic 1984 picture book of Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street returns in a bilingual Maori-English setting. A bilingual Maori-English edition of Patricia Grace and Robin Kahukiwa's classic story of an eel who brings children together to celebrate their diverse cultures, translated into te reo by Hirini Melbourne. He aha nga koha whakahirahira a te tuna korokoro huna kura ma nga tamariki o te Tiriti o Toa? Kei roto i nga watakirihi o te mianga o Te Awa Iti e noho ana he tena korokoro huna kura. I tetahi rangi ka koromiko a Tuna i tona whiore ka kowhiti mai waho i te mianga o Te Awa Iti . . . What special gifts does the magical Tuna bring the children of Cannon's Creek? Since its publication in 1984, Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa's story about a magical eel that presents cultural treasures to a group of Maori, Pasifika and Pakeha children, who then use their gifts to enrich their neighbourhood, is a firm favourite.

Author Biography

Patricia Grace (Author) Patricia Grace (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. She has published seven novels and seven short-story collections, as well as a number of books for children and non-fiction. Among numerous awards, her children's story The Kuia and the Spider won the Children's Picture Book of the Year and she has also won the New Zealand Book Awards For Children and Young Adults Te Kura Pounamu Award. She lives in Plimmerton. Robyn Kahukiwa (Illustrator) Robyn Kahukiwa (Ngati Porou) is a highly regarded New Zealand contemporary artist and award-winning author and illustrator of children's books. She is best 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 more than a dozen books of her own and in 2011 Kahukiwa was awarded Te Tohu Toi Ke a Te Waka Toi/Making a Difference Award for her contribution to Maori arts. Hirini (Syd) Melbourne (Translator) Hirini Melbourne (1949-2003) of Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu was an internationally acclaimed performing artist and composer, and a tohunga of making and playing traditional Maori instruments. He was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for services to Maori language, music and culture and posthumously inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Release date NZ
August 31st, 2021
  • Children / Juvenile
  • Illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Interest Age
From 3 to 7 years
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