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Books Published in January - March 2024

All of these books were written or illustrated by Pacific Islander creators. Check them out!

Children's Books

Picture Books

Whakarongo ki o Tupuna: Listen to your Ancestors by Darryn Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto), illustrated by Te Whata Munro (Māori/Niuean).

My Dream for You by Ash Barty, Jasmin McGaughey (Torres Strait Islander), and illlustrated by Jade Goodwin.

The Dream Factory Te Wheketere Moemoeā by Steph Matuku (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Atiawa), illustrated by Zak Ātea.

Middle Grade Books

Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice by Anna Lapera (part Hawaiian)

Rere Atu Taku Poi!: Let My Poi Fly! by Tangaroa Paul (Te Whare Tawhito o Muriwhenua, Marquises).

General Fiction

Bird Child and other Stories by Patricia Grace (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Āti Awa).

The Space Between by Lauren Keenan (Te Ātiawa ki Taranaki).

Dirt Poor Islanders by Winnie Dunn (Tongan).

General Non-Fiction

Indigenous Autoethnography: Illuminating Māori Voices edited by Kelli Te Maihāroa (Waitaha, Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa, Taranaki and Ngāti Maniapoto) and Adrian Woodhouse (Kāi Tahu)

Te Ata o Tu The Shadow of Tumatauenga: The New Zealand Wars Collections of Te Papa edited by Matiu Baker (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue), Katie Cooper, Michael Fitzgerald, and Rebecca Rice.

Māori Made Easy Pocket Guide by Scotty Morrison (Ngati Whakaue).

He Awa Whiria: Braiding the knowledge streams in research, policy and practice edited by Angus Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi), Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui) and Sonja Macfarlane (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Waewae).

Victory at Gate Pa?: The Battle of Pukehinahina 1894 by Buddy Mikaere (Ngati Pukenga and Ngati Ranginui) and Cliff Simons.

Kia Hiwa Ra!: Maori Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand by Atakohu Middleton (Ngāti Māhanga).

Unsettling Theologies: Memory, Identity, and Place edited by Brian Fiu Kolia (Samoan) and Michael Mawson.

On Call by Ineke Meredith (Samoan).

Finu’ Chamorro for beginners by Faye Untalan (Chamorro).


Plastic, an anthology by Stacey Teague (Ngāti Maniapoto/Ngāpuhi).

Woven, an anthology edited by Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa).

Ocean Mother by Arielle Taitano Lowe (CHamoru).

Māori Maid Difficult, a collection by Nicola Andrews (Ngāti Paoa).


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