Author(s): Keri Kaa; Martin Page
Te Moana's home is lashed by the winds and rain of a violent storm. The next morning, Te Moana notices something is wrong with the mare in the far paddock. Once closer, Te Moana recognises it is a foal, born into the water, and still inside it's birth sac...it's going to need help. This is a true story set on the East Coast of the North Island. Are the events that follow miracles, or is this just real life? Suited to 8-10 years, the language is sophisticated and would suit second-language learners as a bridge beyond basic language skills.
Winner NZ Post Maori Language Award 2014.
Winner of a Gold Pin at the Best Design Awards
Keri Kaa, cultural icon in the Tairawhiti and beyond, has been extensively involved in the creative disciplines of drama, film, poetry, translation, the visual arts, and kapa haka. Keri's knowledge of tikanga Maori, her contribution to education, the performing arts and other activities supporting Maori cultural heritage had her recognised as a 2013 recipient of the CNZM for services to Maori and the Arts. TAKA KI RO WAI, conceived and written in te reo Maori, is her first children's book, and is a tribute to her community, her love of the native language of Ngati Porou and her ancestral homeland.