Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa

By Ripeka Takotowai Goddard

Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa

This picture book tells the story of how the tuna got its silver belly but forever had to live in the dark depths of the river.

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This picture book tells the story of how the tuna got its silver belly but forever had to live in the dark depths of the river.

Tuna is in awe of a nymph, Hiriwa, that glows and dances along the river bank in the moonlight. Night after night, Tuna meets Hiriwa and basks in the moonlight, hoping that he will also glow, but he remains the same. Disappointed, he hatches a plan to take Hiriwa’s light. But the moon sees what Tuna does, and in her anger, she prevents Tuna from swimming in her moonlight ever again.

An English-language version is also available, Tuna and Hiriwa.


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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775502265
  • Dimension: 254 x 228 mm
  • Pages: 32
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: Māori
  • Publication Date: 21 Sep 2016

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About the Author

Ripeka Takotowai Goddard

Ripeka Takotowai Goddard is a student and a writer living in Feilding. Previously a butcher and a panel beater, Ripeka took her hand to writing Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa - her first picture book, based on traditions she learned about eeling. Here is 5 minutes with Ripeka: What are you reading at the moment?Cry of the Panther by Adam Armstrong Who is your... Read More