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Keep an eye out for the latest HUIA releases over the next few months:

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By Patricia Grace

Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Release: September 2015

This is the story of the great Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and how he came to compose the haka 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate'. 

Te Rauparaha is pursued across the island by his enemies and he fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a kūmara pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance.

As he hears his enemies approach, Te Rauparaha whispers in the dark ‘Will I die?’ Will I live?’.  His enemies cannot find him, and he climbs back to the sunlight.

As he recounts this adventure to his people, his words are repeated and the haka rings out, and is now passed down from generation to generation.

To be available in English and a te reo Maori edition titled 'Whiti Te Ra!', this children's story is the story behind the haka which has become recognisable the world over by being performed by New Zealand teams at national and international rugby events.

ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-207-4

ISBN Maori: 978-1-77550-209-8

RRP: $20.00


By HUIA Publishers

Release: September 2015

Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the 2015 Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers as judged by Witi Ihimaera, Sir Wira Gardiner and Poia Rewi.

The book contains the stories from the finalists for Best Short Story written in English, Best Short Story written in Māori and Best Novel Extract. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

For more than ten years, the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have organised this biennial writing competition to promote Māori stories and writers. The awards and the publication of finalists’ stories have become popular as they celebrate Māori writing and uncover little-known writers.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-204-3

RRP: $30.00