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06 June 2024

Hot off the press – June giveaways

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This bilingual board book for young children shares the meaning behind each star in the Matariki cluster, created by award-winning author Gavin Bishop.

An essential bilingual board book explaining the meaning of each Matariki star, with beautiful artwork by award-winning author Gavin Bishop.

When the Matariki cluster rises, each of the nine stars represent the promise of the year ahead. This stunning board book will guide our youngest tamariki through each star’s meaning, with simple, evocative words in te reo Māori and English, and with bold, engaging artwork.

Talented, award-winning children’s book creator, Gavin Bishop, has created another vital book for all of Aotearoa, sharing knowledge about this important part of te ao Māori.

Mānawatia a Matariki! Happy Matariki!

Five Wee Pūteketeke

From Nicola Toki, Chief Executive of Forest & Bird, comes the official children's book about the world-famous pūteketeke, Aotearoa New Zealand's Bird of the Century! One dollar from every book sold goes to Forest & Bird for their conservation efforts.

One dollar from every book sold goes to Forest & Bird for their conservation efforts.

This charming picture book tells the story of pūteketeke. Previously unknown to most people, it was thrust into the spotlight when it won the 'Bird of the Century' competition held by Forest & Bird in 2023.

Most people expected the kiwi or kākāpo to win but the competition took on a life of its own when US TV host John Oliver campaigned for the pūteketeke to win. He loved them, called them 'weird puking birds' and built enormous puppets to celebrate them. He helped inspire 300,000 people in almost 200 countries around the world to vote for his favourite bird!

Huia Short Stories 15

Here are the best short fiction stories, short non-fiction pieces and poetry from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2023 as judged by Emma Espiner, Carol Hirschfeld, Maiki Sherman, Mike Ross, Hēmi Kelly and Robert Sullivan. 

This competition, run by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers, is held every two years to promote Māori writers and their work. This year, the awards sought short non-fiction and poetry, along with short fiction, from writers in te reo Māori and English. The competition attracts entries each year from writers of all ages and those who are starting out to seasoned authors. This collection of finalists’ work celebrates Māori writing, introduces new talent, and gives Māori writers the opportunity to shine.

Creative Writer's Sourcebook

A fascinating guide to the style and technique of the world’s great writers

From Roald Dahl to Katherine Mansfield, each author profile includes details of the writer’s career, key works, and significance of their writing style. Writing exercises then guide the reader to experiment with this style, honing their craft as they play with perspective, perfect characterisation, and craft opening lines like the greats. Perfect for aspiring fiction writers and literature lovers alike!