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First published in English in 2000, Paul Tapsells awardwinning work brilliantly captured the life and transformations of Pūkaki the Ngāti Whakaue ancestor depicted on the New Zealand 20-cent coin. Now a superb translation by Scotty Morrison (also of Ngāti Whakaue descent) makes this illustrated work available entirely in Te Reo Māori.
Paul Tapsell is professor of Maori studies at the University of Otago and senior research fellow at the University of Auckland, and was formerly director Maori at the Auckland Museum. His previous books are Pukaki: a comet returns (1999), a Montana Book Award winner, and Ko tawa: Maori treasures of New Zealand (2006), with photos by Krzysztof Pfeiffer.