Pukeko Kiwi and Hoiho take on new adventure

Rebecca Larsen. Photo: Nikki South.

Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are back in another delightful story illustrated and written by Papamoa's Rebecca Larsen, after their last adventure in her debut bestseller Row, row, row your waka.

In her new book Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho explore the forest. The immersive experience allows people to sing along to waiata with the characters and join them as they perform the actions.

Tāne Mahuta has a forest is sung in English and Māori to the tune of Old MacDonald had a farm.

Rebecca has taken the well-loved children’s classic song and created a wonderful story that will help children sound out their vowels, accompanied by her delightful, lively illustrations.

Her inspiration for the book came from a family bush walk when they visited a small forest on the outskirts of Opotiki called Hukutaia.

“It was a super-hot day,” says Rebecca, “but when we entered the forest we were well covered - and the temperature dropped, and we entered a living world of waiata — bird song, clicks and rustle noises.

“Tāne Mahuta, god of the forest and our precious ancient Northland kauri tree, is of course important to note as inspiration. We visited this tree many years ago and I remember it being a spiritual and awe-inspiring experience.”

Tāne Mahuta has a forest is translated into Māori by Justin Kereama and Tania Solomona, and features a bonus CD of the song in English and Māori sung by Paul Inia with music by Richard Larsen.

After the release of Row, row, row your waka, Rebecca was so encouraged by the enthusiastic responses that it motivated her to create this waiata, with a mix of English and Māori (plus a fully translated version) with fun actions. 

The book was officially launched at Paper Plus Te Puke on November 2.

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The competition closes on Thursday November 22.

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