New Children’s’ Book Series Released

A new series of children’s books, entitled The Chronicles of Paki – NZ’s Untold Story was launched in Auckland, New Zealand on April 17th.

Five stories in the first series of The Chronicles of Paki have been written, telling the true story of the relationship that developed between Maori and the missionaries in the 1800s. Each story centres around an outstanding individual, either Maori or Pakeha, male or female, who made a significant contribution to early New Zealand society. Paki (a stylised kiwi character) helps narrate the story and explain the Te Reo dotted throughout the books.

The stories are written and illustrated by New Zealanders whose goal is to give children positive stories from our early history and help build a better understanding between the two cultures that came together in the 1800s. The stories have been thoroughly checked by historians and relevant iwi (tribe).

Numerous children's books have been written regarding New Zealand 's flora and fauna heritage, but very few children's books have been written about the social and cultural heritage of New Zealand. The authors hope that these stories, with their beautifully illustrated, evocative images will help to address this shortfall.

Publisher Dave Mann wants this series to give New Zealand children heroes that they can be proud of. He hopes that these largely unknown stories will help to change negatively held views which are often based around a knowledge vacuum of the events that actually transpired.

Four more series are planned to help complete the picture as the two incredibly different groups of people began to live side by side. The stories tell about the changes that took place, the mistakes that were made and the victories that were won. “It is exciting to have books written about the social and political developments in New Zealand that are largely so positive, and also appealing and easy to read,” says Mann.

The books have been released to coincide with the bicentennial of the first Christian message preached on New Zealand soil by Samuel Marsden at Rangihoua Bay on December 25th 1814.

The series targets the eight plus age group and is available online at Big Book Publishing or at selected retailers.

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Pictured above are

- Rt Rev Kitohi Pikaaha on the left (Maori Anglican Bishop of Tai Tokerau)

- Rev Rex Nathan, President of the Methodist Church of NZ

- Alison Condon - co-writer

- Tania Hassounia - artist

- Gina Taggart - researcher and co-writer

- Dave Mann - producer

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