Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui-a-tara (The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour)
Moira Wairama's stunning Maori-language retelling of the legend about two taniwha and Wellington Harbour, with illustrations by Bruce Potter.
E noha ana e rua nga taniwha i tetahi roto kanapanapa. Kei te pirangi a Ngake kia haere ki Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa engari kei te pirangi tona hoa, a Whataitai, ki te noho i te roto.
Ma to raua tautohetohe ka whakarereke te roto mo ake tonu ra.
He korero purakau tenei mo te hangatanga o Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara.
Discover the dramatic Maori legend about the creation of Wellington Harbour in this story written entirely in te reo Maori.
Finalist - LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori) 2012
Moira Wairama is a published poet, playwright, storyteller, performer and kura kaupapa teacher, and an award-winning children's book author. She writes in both English and Maori, and specialises in bilingual retellings of Maori legends. Her retelling of a legend first recounted to her by Tipene O'Reagan, The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour/Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui-a-tara with illustrations by Bruce Potter (Puffin 2011) won a Storylines Notable Non-fiction award and the LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Award in 2012. Moira lives in Wellington with her partner, performer Tony Hopkins, and they are co-founders of Soul Food Tellers, performing stories for audiences of all ages.
Bruce Potter is an award-winning and prolific illustrator of more than 100 children's books. He has illustrated stories for a number of New Zealand's finest children's writers, including the illustrated edition of Witi Ihimaera's Whale Rider. Bruce lives in Alexandra in New Zealand's South Island, where, as well as being an exhibiting fine artist, he is also an expert stage performer, musician, weightlifter, and black belt (2nd Dan) in Shotokan Karate.