Book blessing: June 28 at 10AM - 11:30AM
Book launch: June 28 at 1PM - 2:30PM
Join us to celebrate the launch of Debbie McCauley’s new book, Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao, a bilingual children's picture book in English and Te Reo Māori retelling the traditional Legend of Mauao.
Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao will be released during Matariki Tauranga Moana to commemorate the return of Mauao to Tauranga iwi in 2008, the creation of joint management under Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao in 2013, the recognition of Mauao as wāhi tapu in 2014, and the signing of the Mauao Historic Reserve Management Plan on 11 June 2018.
The Book Blessing will be held in the morning and is open to kaumatua and adults. Please phone Tauranga City Library on 577 7177 to register your attendance at the blessing.
The Book Launch starts at 1pm and is a child friendly event to which schools and preschools are invited to hear the book read aloud with audience members helping us to act out the story, followed by some Mauao-themed activities for children.
Held at the Tauranga Yacht club, with views over to Mauao, this will be a fun event open to the public. Spaces are limited - bookings are essential.
Should you wish to purchase a copy, Books A Plenty will have a stall at the launch and can take payment via eftpos, cash or cheque. Picture book $35.95 (isbn: 9780473297060) / Big Book $49.95 (isbn: 9780473435448).
Retold by Debbie McCauley, illustrated by Debbie Tipuna, translated by Tamati Waaka and designed by Sarah Elworthy. The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Creative New Zealand.
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