For Maori Language week, which began today the 9th of September and ends on the 15 of September, we have two awesome kids books to giveaway published in Te Reo Māori.

The First is Hāpata Te Kurī Māia o te Moana by Robyn Belton, translated in Te Reo Māori by Ross Calman.

Hāpata te kurī māia o te moana is the true story about a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. One fine day, an excited Hāpata set off on a boat with Tim’s father, heading for the Marlborough Sounds. What no one knew, however, was that the weather would soon turn rough and Hāpata would be thrown into the biggest adventure of his life.

The Second is Paraweta by Stephaine Black, translated by Karena Kelly

This is a te reo Māori version of the well-known picture book Poo Bum. Little rabbit is rather rude and from the moment he wakes up little rabbit answers every question with ‘paraweta (Poo Bum)’ – until he meets a wolf who likes to eat rabbits!

These two books would make a wonderful addition to your collection of children’s stories.

To enter this competition simply tell us when Māori Language week is celebrated in NZ 2019. This Competition ends on the 30th of September at 11:59pm.


Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes when children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.