This picture book is about cousins’ holidays in a rural Māori community having adventures together – playing in the bush, riding horses, fishing, eeling and swimming at the beach. A child's death leads to a rahui (restriction) being placed on a rural beach. After a year, the rahui is lifted, and two children return to the beach full of life and with their cousin in their hearts.
The feeling of the book is joyous and wistful, and the illustrations richly evoke the atmosphere of the setting and people.
Winner in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012- Picture book category.
Finalist - LIANZA Illustration Award - Russell Clark Award 2012
Finalist - LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori) 2012
Chris Szekely was appointed the Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2007 - the first Maori to have held the position. Chris was previously City Librarian at the Manukau City Council, where he headed one of the largest and fastest growing public library services in New Zealand. He was also instrumental in setting up Te Ropu Whakahau, the professional association of Maori librarians.
Illustrator Malcolm Ross, 1948-2003, gained a Diploma in Fine Arts in painting and a Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours in sculpture, and he had wide ranging interests in New Zealand history, art and culture.