October 15, 2014
Gas industry explained to tamariki
Taranaki writer Rob Tucker has produced the next in his series of bilingual books covering where things come from.
His first book was Where Does Milk Come From, was followed by wool, bread and honey.
Now he's tackled Taranaki's other great export, natural gas.
No hea tenei mea, te KAPUNI? features the character of 10-year-old South Taranaki Maori boy Harper, who catches an eel and then goes to find out where the gas to cook it from will come from.
Mr Tucker says the hardest part was getting permission to go on to Shell's gas field.
"They were a bit hesitant to let me on to the site and especially with a little Maori boy too, to come along with me, and it took about a year of breaking through and saying here is the concept, but since I have produced the book a lot of oil industry workers, the parents, have come to me and said 'Hey Rob, you have done an amazing job, my kids now understand where dad goes to work and what he does,'" he says.
Rob Tucker says No hea tenei mea, te KAPUNI? will be marketed in te reo Maori and English versions to schools and in bookshop, and also as E-books.
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