Two new books about Wairarapa have recently been published, authored by Maxine Hemi, available from Huia Publishing.
‘First Flight’ is a collection of short stories for children and young adults about people and events of Ngāti Kahungunu. The majority of the stories focus on key events in the life of Ngāti Kahungunu chief Nukupewapewa.
This graphic novel tells the story of Ngārara Huarau, a taniwha, that travels from Hawke’s Bay to Wairarapa in search of his sister, Pari-kawhiti. As he journeys, his movement shapes the landscape, and his hunger leads him to eat birds, seals, seafood and people, causing terror as he travels south. It is available in Māori and English.