We Wrote This City

Books celebrating the city of Porirua; its community, its people, its writers and its history.
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"Under the Ocean" - by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud – one title in the excellent "Explore and Discover" series, taking a closer look at New Zealand's natural environment. Highly accessible text and illustrations to get lost in.

Under the Ocean - Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler – Little & Loved

"Whose beak is this?", by Gillian Candler ; illustrated by Fraser Williamson - Guess the identity of iconic New Zealand birds from the pictures of their beaks, while finding out some facts about the birds along the way. This approach introduces an important science concept about adaptation : birds' beaks are a very obvious adaptation to the kind of food they eat.

Whose Beak is This? by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Fraser Williamson. A fun look at beak adaptations for young children. All the birds are New Zealand native birds.

"Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street", by Patricia Grace, illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa - A Tuna with a magic throat bounces out of Cannons Creek in Porirua, then flies in and out of the houses in nearby Champion Street distributing magic gifts.  Also available in Te reo Māori and Samoan versions.

Watercress Tuna and the children of Champion Street by Patricia Grace and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa. Tuna (eel) comes out of the creek to play with the tamariki in Champion Street

"Knucklebones: poems, 1962-2012", by Sam Hunt - Sam Hunt is New Zealand's best-known and, arguably, best-loved poet. Organised chronologically with a selection of poems from each of his published books, Knucklebones presents an outstanding collection of Sam Hunt's work, that runs from the earliest poems that first made his name, through to poems written 50 years on in 2012.

"Knucklebones: poems, 1962-2012", by Sam Hunt - Sam Hunt is New Zealand's best-known and, arguably, best-loved poet. Organised chronologically with a selection of poems from each of his published books, Knucklebones presents an outstanding collection of Sam Hunt's work, that runs from the earliest poems that first made his name, through to poems written 50 years on in 2012.

"That's not a hippopotamus", by Juliette MacIver - That's Not a Hippopotamus is a deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy and with a whole different story to enjoy in the illustrations.

(Gecko) A class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. THAT'S NOT A HIPPOPOTAMUS

"The book of Hat", by Harriet Rowland -'Hat' - was 17 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that starts in the bones., Hat had fought the disease for three years and found a friend in cancer sufferer Hazel from John Green's novel 'The fault in our stars', duplicating her trip to the Anne Frank House.

"The book of Hat", by Harriet Rowland -'Hat' - was 17 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that starts in the bones., Hat had fought the disease for three years and found a friend in cancer sufferer Hazel from John Green's novel 'The fault in our stars', duplicating her trip to the Anne Frank House.

"Haka", by Patricia Grace - This is the story of the haka "Ka Mate," composed by Te Rauparaha who was a chief of Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Also available in Te reo Māori version - "Whiti te rā!".

"Haka", by Patricia Grace - This is the story of the haka "Ka Mate," composed by Te Rauparaha who was a chief of Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Also available in Te reo Māori version - "Whiti te rā!

"The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell".  The definitive edition of one of the most important bodies of work in New Zealand poetry. Based on a spiral-bound manuscript entitled 'Complete Poems 1947-2007' found among Campbell's papers after his death, this is his most substantial collection to date and the first to be published in hardback since 1981.

The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

"I have in my arms both ways : migrant women talk about their lives", told to Adrienne Jansen.  Immigrant women bring to New Zealand rich experiences of lives spent in other cultures. But their stories are rarely told. In this book ten women, who have come to New Zealand between 1969 and 1987, speak in depth about growing up in their first countries, and their lives in New Zealand.

"I have in my arms both ways : migrant women talk about their lives", told to Adrienne Jansen. Immigrant women bring to New Zealand rich experiences of lives spent in other cultures. But their stories are rarely told. In this book ten women, who have come to New Zealand between 1969 and 1987, speak in depth about growing up in their first countries, and their lives in New Zealand.

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