Kia Kaha: A Storybook of Māori Who Changed the World

Kia Kaha: A Storybook of Māori Who Changed the World

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Finalist NZ Children & Young Adult Book Awards 2022

Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction Click here to visit Awards Shortlist

NZ Booklovers Awards 2022 Winner (announced 17 March 2022)

Click here to visit RNZ Nine to Noon interview

A powerful illustrated storybook for the tamariki and rangatahi of Aotearoa New Zealand celebrating Maoritanga!

KIA KAHA is a collection of true stories about amazing Maori who have achieved incredible things. Each of them blazed a trail in their own way, and this pukapuka was written to show that with your kura huna, your special gifts, YOU can make a difference too.

Written by Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock, and featuring fabulous illustrations by Akoni Pakinga, Haylee Ngaroma, Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, Jess Thompson aka Maori Mermaid, Josh Morgan, Kurawaka Productions, Miriama Grace-Smith, Ngaumutane Jones aka Ms Meemo, Reweti Arapete, Taupuruariki Whakataka-Brightwell, Xoe Hall and Zak Waipara, KIA KAHA is a very special book for the young people of Aotearoa.

Featuring people and groups both historic and contemporary, who have achieved great things from land marches and language revival to hip hop and contemporary Maori fashion design, this pukapuka will fill readers of all ages, and from all walks of life, with aroha, whanaungatanga and hope for our future. Kia kaha - be strong, go hard!

Children’s / Teenage: Personal and social topics, Children’s / Teenage fiction and true stories

Age: From 7 years


Stacey Morrison, Jeremy Sherlock

208 pages

H: 257mm W: 199mm Spine: 25mm

Weight: 938 grams