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Delight your tamariki with these 24 books representing and celebrating Māori and Pasifika peoples, languages and cultures.
Visually striking and filled with fascinating and memorable fiction and non-fiction content, the PM Aotearoa books have been created for New Zealand tamariki and are predominantly written and illustrated by Māori and Pasifika authors and illustrators.
The 24 books, across PM Levels 3 – 14 (Red – Green) will inspire and delight readers, and introduce them to some very special families and stories.
Finely levelled and developed with the same rigor as all PM books, this unique collection includes words and phrases from Māori and Pasifika languages woven naturally throughout the texts.
All books include Teaching Notes on the inside front covers, including the author's inspiration for the story and cultural teaching points. More detailed teaching notes and student activities are available via the PM Guided Reading Planner.
Each book comes with an accompanying audio recording, accessible via a QR code, aiding students and teachers in the pronunciation of words and phrases from Māori and Pasifika languages.
Sarah McCord is a primary school principal, Reading Recovery trained teacher and President of the New Zealand Literacy Association. She is passionate about learning and teaching, and is responsive to the needs and experiences of New Zealand tamariki. Born and raised in New Zealand, Sarah is of British descent and kōkā of her nieces and nephews of Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou. The PM Aotearoa books tell their stories.
Ross Calman is a writer, editor, translator and publishing consultant. Of Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga and Ngāi Tahu descent, he has written books on the Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand Wars, and has edited more than 100 books in te reo Māori and English.
André Ngāpō loves to write stories about his country, Aotearoa, and his Māori culture. His Māori ancestors link to Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Tamaterā iwi. André has three sons and lots of whānau, and they have all provided inspiration for the stories he shares. André is an award-winning writer with dozens of titles written for tamariki. He is a facilitator in child and adolescent brain development with Brainwave Trust Aotearoa, and an experienced primary and secondary school teacher with over 25 years experience working in schools.
Lino Nelisi is Niuean Samoan and has taught in Niue Island prior to migrating to New Zealand. She gained her Master of Education in Pacific Islands Education in 2004, and has since been teaching in different multicultural schools in Auckland. Lino has worked at Auckland University and was a Teaching Fellow at AUT. She is currently a Niue Language Facilitator for the Pasifika Early Literacy Project. Lino’s writing represents the diverse cultures in New Zealand, and her stories are
published in Niue language, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori, Tokelauan and Māori.
Miri Stacey was raised on the East Side of Ōtautahi/Christchurch and represented Aranui Primary School at the Young Authors Conference as an eight-year-old. Her first environmentalism poem was published by the Christchurch Press when she was nine years old. Miri went on to travel and try her hand at many professions, finding herself particularly drawn to acting, singing, presenting and writing. She is now settled on her ancestral lands in Motupōhue/Bluff where
she home-schools her daughter, Ayanna.
As a first-generation New Zealander, Dagmar Dyck is an artist, researcher, art educator and social justice advocate of Tongan, German, Dutch and Polish descent. Since completing her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2009, Dagmar has merged her skills and is passionate about empowering her students through the platform of the arts at Sylvia Park School in Tāmakimakaurau.