By Slade Robinson, NikkiIllustrated by Robinson, Nikki Slade
The little Kiwi is fast asleep in her burrow. A beam of
moonlight shines right down into her burrow. She
wakes, and realises it is time. Hurrying out into the
night, she wakes each of her friends from their midwinter
slumber.'Kia tere! Hurry!' she urges them.
The little Kiwi... leads her friends through the pingao
and onto the beach. It is pre-dawn. They wait, and
watch. As the moon slips away behind the hills, the constellation of Matariki rises for the first time, in the northeastern
This gentle tale about celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year, finishes with an explanation of Matariki - it's origins,
traditions and how it is celebrated today. The constellation is also shown, with the Maori names for each star. The text
contains some simple words in Te Reo Maori alongside the English equivalent.Read more
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Nikki Slade Robinson has been an illustrator and author for many years and has illustrated over sixty children's books and readers. Nikki's most recent books are Muddle & Mo and The Roadman Boogie.
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