The Taniwha in our Backyard
* Fun educational and heritage story for 7-12 year-olds * Third in innovative Sharing Our Stories series * English with Maori text, out for Maori Language Week
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Tui, his cousin Jennifer and their whanau go to the south Kaipara to visit their Uncle Rua and Auntie Mina. Exploring the area down to Muriwai, they learn about moa, kauri, Maui dolphins, kaitiakitanga (stewardship), geology and more. In the telling of their stories, a previously unknown taniwha (monster) takes centre stage! Mixing English and Maori (with some Malay words thrown in), established and newer ethnic groups, this new work in the Sharing Our Stories series connects children with the amazing environments and history around them,
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Malcolm Paterson belongs to Ngati Whatua of Auckland and the Kaipara, and represents his iwi in heritage and environmental issues. He is author of the previous Sharing our Stories books The Castle in our Backyard (2010) and The Tunnel in our Backyard (2016) He lives with his family in Te Atatu, Auckland. Martin Bailey is a well-known illustrator who has created numerous children's books over a long career. He recently founded the boutique publisher Black Chook Books. Martin lives in Muriwai, one of the main locations in this work.