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  • Published: 29 August 2023
  • ISBN: 9781776957064
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

My First Words About Tikanga Māori

From the marae to the whare, from getting to know each other to sharing kai, this illustrated picture dictionary is a fabulous guide to the Māori way of life!

Stacey Morrison has created an illustrated guide to Māori customs and practices for children (and adults), as a companion to her #1 bestselling My First Words in Māori.

My First Words about Tikanga Māori is a guide to Māori customs, practices and ways of doing things, and to the special words we use when talking about tikanga. With vibrant illustrations labelled in Māori and English, each page takes readers on a tour of various settings and situations, explaining the words, phrases and concepts we might encounter. Learn all about:
- pōwhiri (formal welcomes)
- hui (meetings)
- waiata (songs)
- mihimihi (greetings and introductions)
- forms of address
- manaaki (hospitality)
- aroha (showing love and compassion)
- kaitiakitanga (guardianship)
and so much more.

From removing our shoes as we enter a building to introducing ourselves and sharing kai, My First Words about Tikanga Māori is an excellent and practical guide for children and adults, Māori and Pākehā, New Zealanders and visitors to Aotearoa.

Designed for parents and tamariki to read together by Māori language champion and broadcaster Stacey Morrison, with engaging pictures by a team of young Māori artists, this is the perfect book to strengthen your language journey and embrace Māoritanga at home, at school, and out in the wider world.

  • Published: 29 August 2023
  • ISBN: 9781776957064
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

About the authors

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a radio and TV broadcaster whose projects have spanned 25 years. She is also a māmā to three tamariki who have been brought up with te reo Māori as their mother tongue. Stacey herself didn’t learn to speak Māori until she was an adult. It required a lot of research, determination, wonderful mentors and the support of a community to achieve her goal of becoming fluent by the time her children were born.

Stacey and her husband Scotty co-wrote Māori at Home to help other families use te reo in everyday settings, and Stacey's first children's book, My First Words in Māori, became a number-one bestseller. She has since co-authored Kia Kaha: A storybook of Māori who changed the world with Jeremy Sherlock, which won NZ Booklover's Best Children's Book and a Storylines Notable Non-fiction Award.

Both Stacey and Scotty work with many groups and families to build Māori-language friendships and community for whānau. Stacey has also been an advisor on pre-schooler and children’s TV shows, which, along with her experiences with her own children, has helped her identify the words children pick up early in their language learning. As a winner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Champion Award in 2016, and the winner of Waipunarangi - Te Reo and Tikanga Award 2021, as well as a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language), Stacey loves encouraging the learning and use of our country’s beautiful native language.

Kurawaka Productions

Kurawaka Productions is a studio of Māori artists and creatives. Co-developed by a veteran animator and a Ranui-based kura kaupapa, it began as a specialist arts programme offering talented young Māori a gateway into animation and design work. The Kurawaka team has completed a number of high-profile projects, including several animated shorts. They also contributed a selection of portraits of Māori achievers for Kia Kaha by Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock. My First Words about Tikanga Māori is their first picture-book collaboration.

Praise for My First Words About Tikanga Māori

This book is not just for children, but it is for anyone who is on the journey of learning the Māori language. It is simple, easy to understand and it has so many different contexts for the reader to learn from. As a teacher of te reo Māori (Māori language) this is a book I would use in my classes.

Te Whai Matauranga Smith, Magpies: Talking about books for children

What sets this guide apart is its practicality, offering not just definitions but a deeper understanding of the cultural nuances. As the reader absorbs words like whare and koro, they gain insight into the cultural significance, fostering a respectful appreciation. The book serves as a bridge between cultures, dispelling unintentional misunderstandings and enriching the reader's connection with Māori traditions.

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Awards & recognition

Storylines Notable Book Award

Awarded  •  2023  •  Storylines Notable Non-fiction

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