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Because I'm Māori- He Māori Ahau by Nicolla Hemi-Moorhouse

Nicolla Hemi-Moorhouse, aka Miss Nicky Says, burst onto YouTube in 2021, capturing the hearts of families and educators with colourful songs, educational content and use of te reo Māori.

Her passion for the promotion of te reo Māori, diversity and positive cultural identity shines through in the bright and energetic book.

The bilingual book takes the reader from marae to maunga to moana alongside a group of children embracing their Māoritanga throughout their day. The story touches on cultural identity, whakapapa and mātauranga Māori in a simple way for younger readers.

Hemi-Morehouse (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Kuia) uses basic te reo Māori in this book, which is also a song. There's a score in both te reo Māori and English, alongside lyrics, in the back of the book. QR codes also direct readers to videos to sing and read along with.

Illustrator Story Hemi-Moorhouse (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Kuia) adds vibrant and detailed artwork to bring the story to life. The four tamariki have distinct personalities and burst with energy. Our family particularly liked that each child looked different, reflecting the story as well; you are Māori because you whakapapa Māori. 

Because I'm Māori - He Māori Ahau is a book that will make tamariki feel visible and confident, inspiring connection and pride in their reo and culture. 

Reviewer: Rebekah Lyell

Bateman Books


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