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Upcoming Releases

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


Parekura Horomia - 'Kia Ora Chief' 

KiaOraChief_Draft_web_shd.jpgby Wira Gardiner

Release: December 2014

This biography of Parekura Horomia celebrates the life and achievements of one of New Zealand’s well-known politicians and Māori leaders.

The book is based on interviews with sixty-five of Parekura Horomia’s family, friends and colleagues, and it shares stories about his qualities, abilities and his tireless work.

The personal stories pay tribute to his leadership and ability to be equally comfortable with and work with common people and those in positions of power. The stories build a picture of this man with a big heart and huge commitment and give insights into little-known parts of his life.

The Author

Wira Gardiner has had careers in the army, public service and as a writer.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the army, he took up leadership and establishment roles in the public service, being the founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, the first general manager of the Iwi Transition Agency and the founding chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. He has also headed several groups, including being chairman of Te Mangai Paho, deputy chairman of The Māori Fisheries Trust and Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and chairman of the board of Te Papa Tongarewa. He was knighted for his services to Māori in 2008.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-162-6

RRP: $45.00



Keys / Ngā Kī

Keys_Nga_Ki.jpgBy Sacha Cotter, illustrations by Josh Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Release: December 2014

In this picture book, as Dad tucks his daughter into bed, he tells her fantastically imaginative stories about the keys on his key ring and what they unlock – from a zippenburger that takes him to work, to a rocket to collect space noodles, a treasure box in the jungle, a chocolate biscuit factory where he taste tests all the biscuits, and a paddock where he rides a woolly mammoth that only eats yellow food.

A great story for the imagination from new author Sacha Cotter, the title will be available in English and te reo Māori editions.

Sacha Cotter is a library assistant with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, and she has taught in New Zealand and Spain. She has completed several film courses, and her screenplay Wasabi Peas was a semi-finalist in the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2013. This is Sacha’s first book.

ISBN (Eng): 978-1-77550-161-9

ISBN (Maori): 978-1-77550-164-0

RRP: $20.00



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By Julia Donaldson, illustrations by Axel Scheffler

Translated by Brian Morris

Release: December 2014

From the author and illustrator of the popular children’s picture book The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle is now translated into te reo Māori. With the same stunning illustrations as the original book, the te reo Māori translation retains the unique humour of the original story as butterfly eagerly tries to help little monkey find his mum.

Julia Donaldson is a writer of picture books, educational books, novels for pre-teens and teenagers, plays, songs and musicals and is also a performer. She has written over 150 books and won multiple awards. In 2011, she was selected as the UK’s Children’s Laureate.

 Axel Scheffler is a German-born illustrator who has lived in England since the 1980s. He has worked in advertising and publishing and has illustrated books for children produced in England, Germany and The Netherlands.

ISBN: 978-1-77550-167-1

RRP: $20.00