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  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143772668
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $30.00

The Maori Picture Dictionary

Te Papakupu Whakaahua



A playful and comprehensive look-up reference to everyday words, for anyone interested in te reo Maori.

This comprehensive picture dictionary contains illustrations for over 1400 of the most common words used in daily life. Wonderfully illustrated by two up-and-coming Maori artists, The Maori Picture Dictionary / Te Papakupu Whakaahua has a sense of fun that makes it easy to use. Many words are clarified in short sentences in both English and te reo. There is also an index of Maori to English words at the back - ideal for quick reference. Other useful sections cover numbers, days of the week and months of the year, plus full-page themed illustrations covering school, home and the marae.
A great introduction to the Maori language for all ages.

  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143772668
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $30.00

About the authors

Ross Calman

Ross Calman (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, Ngai Tahu) is an author, editor and licensed translator. He is the translator and editor of He Pukapuka Tataku i nga Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui | A Record of the Life of the Great Te Rauparaha by Tamihana Te Rauparaha, and co-author of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi (with Mark Derby and Toby Morris), The Essential Maori Dictionary (with Margaret Sinclair), and He Atua, He Tangata: The World of Maori Mythology (with A. W. Reed). Ross lives in Wellington with his wife Ariana Tikao and they have two adult children.

Margaret Sinclair

Margaret Sinclair has worked in publishing in New Zealand and the UK for many years. Early on she trained as a primary school teacher but quickly turned to the world of books, thinking - mistakenly as it turned out - that books couldn't be unruly or disruptive. She loves it. She lives in Auckland with her husband, and they have three adult children who turn up from time to time to eat or use the washing machine.

Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whanau-a-Kai) lives in Wellington with the author Sacha Cotter, their family and a vast hoard of picture books. Josh grew up in the mighty Manawatu, spending his school days drawing silly things in the back of his exercise books. He now works as an illustrator creating pictures for books, TV and animation. He still draws silly things as an adult too, but mostly on bills and meeting notes.

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

Isobel Te Aho-White (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu) is an Illustrator based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Her book Santa’s Worst Christmas (2019) with Huia publishers was nominated for the NCYA Book Awards across five categories and her book Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep (2020) written by Victoria Cleal and published by Te Papa Press won a Whitley award for best children’s book.

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