By Bea, AuntyIllustrated by Merewether, Katherine Q.
Beatrice Yates (Aunty Bea) in Rotorua has published a new book, her 6th in 6 years. Tamatekapua.
It follows the same format as previous books for children, bi lingual with CD narration by herself and Rodger Cunningham plus waiata pertaining to Tamatekapua.
This book is beautif...ully illustrated by Kat Quin Merewether and will be wonderful for the children and teachers to learn about the great explorer Tamatekapua.
Tamatekapua was a young mischievous boy who lived in "Hawaiiki", with his brother Whakaturia they got into all sorts of mischief which led them to finally building a waka and taking some of their people searching for a new land and home in Aotearoa.
The story tells about these times, the voyage and finally landing on the shores of Aotearoa.
Tamatekapu named many well known landmarks such as Rangitoto Island in Auckland. They sailed on down the coast to finally settle at Maketu.
The people of the Arawa waka then gradually spread across the land to Rotorua and down to Taupo.
The story is fun, informative and factual.Read more
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Beatrice Peatarihi Tui Yates MNZM QSM M.ED B Performing Arts. Beatrice was a teacher for 50 years. During the 60/70s she was the first itinerant teacher in Rotorua. As there were no resources available she had to write her own hence the stories she has recently published ie One Day a Taniwha, Hoha te Taniwha, Ihenga, Waiata Mai and Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai. Beatrice is also a respected kapa haka performer and judge, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various Rotorua charities such as a dialysis unit with 6 beds.
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