August 26, 2018
New look for Māui legend
The legend of How Māui Fished Up the North Island has been reinvented for a whole new generation of Kiwi kids.
Author and illustrator Donovan Bixley has cast Māui as a cheeky younger brother on the type of hilarious fishing trip with the whanau that will be familiar to many youngsters.
But he says he's also tried to honour the cultural significance and importance of Māui, taking advice from Darryn Joseph and Keri Opai who translated ther Māori version.
"The bookshops all across New Zealand have been so excited about this version of Māui. I think they've printed 5000 copies in te reo Māori so we're really really excited to get a book out there in te reo Māori," he says.
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