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Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai

$29.00 NZD

A bold and multi-layered picture book about self-determination narrated by a young boy full of ideas and questions about growing up, belonging, spirituality, culture and who is the boss.


Paku Manu Ariki talks directly to the reader, drawing on the stories that spin around him—his father’s mātauranga, his mother’s politics, his many pet birds, and his best friend who is taller, even though he’s younger. The book is born from the experience of growing up in a strong Māori whānau in a country and wider world that offers a conflicting version of what is right and of value.


  • Written by Michaela Keeble
  • Illustrated by Tokerau Brown
  • Published by Gecko Press
  • Reader Age: 6-12 year


Michaela Keeble is a lover of birds, fish and social justice, who also publishes poetry and fiction. A descendant of UK, Austrian and German immigrants, Michaela grew up on Wurundjeri land, and is now lucky to live in Aotearoa.


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