The historical storybook focuses on the 1820 journey of Hongi Hika, Waikato and Thomas Kendall, and their experiences in England, Australia and at sea.
Written and illustrated by Brent Kerehona Pukepuke-Ahitapu, and translated by renowned Ngapuhi mita (dialect) expert Quinton Hita, this set of books is ideal for use in both Kura Kaupapa (Maori immersion) or mainstream school settings.
The purpose of the book is to provide our rangatahi (youth) with an additional engaging, bilingual, learning option (in both Te Reo Maori and English), focusing on genuine, researched whakapapa (history).
This is also intended to promote Maori history through an interesting, culturally and age-appropriate platform.
A section will be dedicated to how we view unfortunate events/incidents and address them in appropriate, inoffensive ways.
The book is aimed at Secondary School and adult level.
Illustrations by Brent Kerehona.
Publication date was 18 June 2022.