The Weekend Sun Competition

Pukeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are back in another delightful story illustrated and written by Papamoa writer Rebecca Larsen, after their last adventure in her debut bestseller Row, row, row your waka.

In her new book Pukeko, Kiwi and Hoiho explore the forest. The immersive experience allows people to sing along to waiata with the characters and join them as they perform the actions.

Tane Mahuta has a forest is sung in English and Maori to the tune of Old MacDonald had a farm.

Rebecca has taken the well-loved children’s classic song and created a wonderful story that will help children sound out their vowels, accompanied by her delightful, lively illustrations.

Her inspiration for the book came from a family bush walk when they visited a small forest on the outskirts of Opotiki called Hukutaia.

“It was a super-hot day,” says Rebecca, “but when we entered the forest we were well covered - and the temperature dropped, and we entered a living world of waiata — bird song, clicks and rustle noises.

“Tane Mahuta, god of the forest and our precious ancient Northland kauri tree, is of course important to note as inspiration. We visited this tree many years ago and I remember it being a spiritual and awe-inspiring experience.”

Tane Mahuta has a forest is translated into Maori by Justin Kereama and Tania Solomona, and features a bonus CD of the song in English and Maori sung by Paul Inia with music by Richard Larsen.

After the release of Row, row, row your waka, Rebecca was so encouraged by the enthusiastic responses that it motivated her to create this waiata, with a mix of English and Maori (plus a fully translated version) with fun actions. 

The book was officially launched at Paper Plus Te Puke on November 2.

Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Chelsea McCormick!