The Girls in the Kapa Haka book to be reissued

Angie Belcher with the reissued book The Girls in the Kapa Haka. Image: Supplied.

Originally published by Reed Publishing in 2006 by local writers Angie Belcher and Debbie Tipuna, ‘The Girls in the Kapa Haka’ has been reissued ready for a new generation of performers.

The book, a long-time favourite with play centres and primary schools, follows the making and wearing of the piuiu. It was inspired by Maketu Kuia, Googie Tapsell who often had flax hanging outside to dry and at that time could be found making and demonstrating the construction of piupiu at what was originally Kiwi 360.

A former teacher at Maketu Primary School it seemed only natural to draw further inspiration from the school’s kappa haka group and performances at Whakaue Marae.

“Maungatapu-based illustrator Debbie Tipuna used her experiences as a student at Waiariki Polytechnic to create the illustrations,” says a statement.

“It was there she developed a love of Maori arts. She has continued to use this passion and skill in more recent publications such as ‘Ko Mauao te Maunga’ written by Tauranga writer Debbie McCauley, and recently selected as a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

“Unlike the original edition, the book uses correct macrons to mark long vowels and help those new to te reo to pronounce words correctly.

“The launch of the revamped edition will be taking place at Papamoa Library on July 11 at 1.30pm and will include a performance by students in Toitoi Manawa-Fairhaven School Maori Immersion Unit and a session on poi making.”

Another of Angie and Debbie’s books, ‘The Farmyard Idol’ will be seen as part of the Greerton Village Community Yarnbombing.

From this Sunday June 23, the now barren trees will be clad in the theme of children’s books with the festival and storytelling taking place the following week on Saturday June 29.


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