Author(s): Tim Tipene
A fun book about a sticky problem. Tama is being bullied by a nasty taniwha who happens to inhabit his local classroom. At a loss for solutions, he goes to his family for ideas. The story follows Tama as he tries out the suggestions and faces the taniwha. A great way for kids to explore different methods of dealing with bullies and an effective tool to generate discussion. Ka rarua a Tama e tetahi taniwha kino rawa. Awangawanga ana, ka patapatai ia ki tona whanau kia mohio mai ia me aha tana mahi. Ka ki mai tenei me tena, me penei, me pena, heoi ano, me aro atu ia ki nga korero a wai kia tau te rangimarie ki runga ki tenei taniwha? He korero reka tenei hei whakaaro ake ma tatou.He roa te wa ka mahi a Tim Tipene i te taha o nga tamariki kua mamae, kua riri ranei, kia whakatau te wairua.Katahi te kaita pikitia pai a Henry Campbell me ana pikitia kanapanapa, kakano atu, kiki rawa I nga taonga huna hei rapu ma te karu mohoririwai.
Tim Tipene (Nga Puhi) is the author of Taming the Taniwha which was selected for the White Ravens International Youth Library Catalogue as one of the world's top 250 children's books for 2002. Huhana Smith (Ngati Tukorehe, Ngati Raukawa) has exhibited nationally and interntionally and her paintings are in private and public collections. Issues surrounding protection of the environment are commonly found in her recent works.