Fresh off his recent talk at this year’s Queenstown Writer’s Festival, we couldn’t recommend more Witi Ihmaera’s latest book Navigating the Stars: Māori creation Myths. In this work Ihimaera traces the history of the Māori people through their creation myths. He follows Tawhaki up the vines into the firmament, Hine-titama down into the land of the dead, Maui to the ends of the earth, and the giants and turehu who sailed across the ocean to our shores … From Hawaiki to Aotearoa, the ancient navigators brought their myths, while looking to the stars – bright with gods, ancestors and stories – to guide the way. Visit your local library to see if a copy is available or ;log online and place a hold for one of the copies in the district.
Hare & Ruru: A Quiet Moment Laura Shallcrass CPIC S – (Frankton, Queenstown, Kingston and Arrowtown)
Local Queenstown author and illustrator Laura Shallcrass recently released a beautiful and calming picture book that safely addresses anxiety and how to manage it for children. This is the story of Hare, who struggles with an un-named mental malady, self described as ‘noise’. Noise could be runaway thoughts, voices in Hare’s head, or loud feelings and general anxiety. Hare goes on a journey to try and find a solution and finally gives up. Just when Hare thinks there’s no hope a friend, Ruru, flies calmly down and gives a suggestion. Hare ultimately feels better after doing three things: Talking to someone ; Focusing on breathing ; Connecting to nature.