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

Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi-Busby - Not Here By Chance

Hec_Busby_web.jpgby Jeff Evans

Release: April 2015

This biography of Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby brings together the varied life experiences that have made Hec Busby the master waka builder, waka expert, celestial navigator and highly regarded Te Rarawa elder that he is today. He is one of the few active waka taua builders and is responsible for the completion of more than a dozen of these waka for iwi around the country.

Acknowledged as the pre-eminent holder of knowledge relating to waka culture, he is frequently consulted for his expert opinion.

A real outdoorsman, Hec turned his hand to many pursuits, leading him to set up his own bridge construction business in his twenties. His entrepreneurial and leadership skills along with his tribal and tikanga knowledge have led to his involvement in iwi activities as well as in organising Waitangi commemorations, kapa haka, ocean-going voyages, and waka wānanga to pass on his knowledge to the next generation.

The Author

Jeff Evans is a writer and photographer. He has previously authored Ngā Waka o Neherā– The First Voyaging Canoes, The Discovery of Aotearoa (republished as Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand), Waka Taua – The Māori War Canoe, Māori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealand, and Notes on the Art of War. This is his first biography.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-169-5

RRP: $45.00

Nā Wai Te Waka I Totohu?Na-Wai-Te-Waka-I-Totohu_shd.jpg

by Pamela Allen

Translated into te reo Māori by Kawata Teepa

Release: April 2015

The popular children’s picture book Who Sank the Boat? is now translated into te reo Māori. With the same beautiful illustrations as the original book, the te reo Māori translation retains the humour, simplicity and fun of the original story, encouraging readers to decide which animal really did sink the boat.

The author
Pamela Allen has written and illustrated more than 30 picture books for children. Her books have won numerous awards, including Who Sank the Boat? , which won the Gaelyn Gordon Award in 2001, given by the New Zealand Book Council to recognise a book that has continued to be popular over a significant number of years. Pamela was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2004, and in 2005, she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in children’s literature.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-170-1

RRP: $20.00

Meariki - The Quest for Truth


Meariki - Te Rapunga i te Pono

by Helen Pearse-Otene

Illustrations by Andrew Burdan

Release: May 2015

Meariki is a slave to the people of Ngāi Kūwai and must obey the chief and look after his only daughter, Hineamuru. When Hineamuru is abducted by a warlock, Meariki and Pēhi, a young warrior and Hineamuru’s lover, go on a hazardous journey to rescue Hineamuru. Pēhi is brave but arrogant, while Meariki is clever and resourceful, and the success of the journey rests on her. At each incident in the adventure, Pēhi and Meariki uncover hidden truths, and Meariki comes to realise that in saving Hineamuru, she will also reveal her own true destiny.

The author
Helen Pearse-Otene (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui) is a writer and acting tutor. She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has performed throughout Aotearoa and overseas with Māori theatre productions, including Waiora (by Hone Kouka), Purapurawhetū (by Briar Grace-Smith) and her own play The Battalion.

ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-171-8

ISBN Māori: 978-1-77550-189-3

RRP: $25.00

Arohanui - The Revenge of they FeyArohanui_Eng_shd.jpg

Arohanui - Te Utu a Ngāi Parehe

by Helen Pearse-Otene

Illustrations by Andrew Burdan

Release: May 2015

Part of The Matawehi Fables series, this graphic novel is a story of two hostile tribes: one thriving, the other starving and forced to enter into a hard bargain to survive. In the midst of the conflict, two lovers from opposing tribes, Kāhu and Kuratawhiti, plan to bring their warring tribes together through their marriage. But tragedy looms as Kāhu defends his beloved Kuratawhiti against his treasured sister, Mira, who unleashes a lifetime of rage on Kuratawhiti and her people.


ISBN Eng: 978-1-77550-166-4

ISBN Māori:  978-1-77550-190-9

RRP: $25.00