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by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

Loosely autobiographical stories of a young Maori girl’s growing up in Rotorua


There is always a special feeling I get when I read a book written by a Maori about being Maori, where the world is described through eyes that are my eyes - the people, humour, sadness & occasions are familiar parts of my life - & Tahuri is such a book

When I read a book like this it reminds me how great it can be to read a good NZ book, using our language & culture

It's a book of inter-connected short stories, mostly focused on two young girls Tahuri & Whero, both growing up Maori, coming of age & realising they're gay

I really enjoyed this. The tone is beautiful & consistent & the sense of place is really well done

Most of the tales revolve around daily life in the pa where they laugh with the joy of community & cry at injustices often directed at them because of their colour or gender. With an adventurous spirit, they also explore life away from the pa. It's a world of aunties, cousins & friends; of grandmothers who are round & soft, with laps full of love & comfort

They find women whom they can emulate & who will guide them

Her depictions of the lives of women in New Zealand are intriguing

Soft bound
104 pages
21x 14 cm

Good condition. Name of original owner on first page

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  • Seller location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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