NZ’s pre-eminent landscape photographer Craig Potton has selected 91 images from journeys around (and over) the islands and combined them into New Zealand North and South, capturing the essence of New Zealand’s natural and cultural landscape.
Build Your Own Cable Car Book by Delphine Hirasuna For anyone who’s dreamed of hopping aboard a little cable car that strives for the sky, this is just the ticket. This Build Your Own Cable Car book, includes two punch-out cable car models. One model is fully illustrated and the other is prime for coloring in!The book […]
Condensed from Andrew Crowe’s popular Which New Zealand Bird?, this mini guide has been designed to fit into a pocket, day pack or bag. Full of essential information for quick and accurate identification of land birds, this classic mini guide is appealing and easy to use.
A kiwi classic and one of Margaret Mahy’s best-loved creations, this is a tale about the nature of stories and imagination and where the line between them and reality can blur, especially in the mind of a child.
101 Cool Science Experiments Be amazed by the cool world of science! Want to see an egg bounce? How about grossing out your friends with home-made boogers? Why not grow your very own stalactite or make an underwater volcano? Have you ever wanted to create invisible ink? 101 Cool Science Experiments will show you how! […]
Earth: The Life Of A Planet Earth: The Life Of A Planet is a unique book which presents the Earth’s geographical history as a visual narrative. Each double-page artwork gives a snapshot from a key time period, plus a short piece of descriptive text to place the scene in context, both visually and historically. The […]
Strait Crossing: The Ferries of the Cook Strait Through Time Strait Crossing: The Ferries of the Cook Strait Through Time, tells of the cargo and passenger vessels that provided regular and scheduled services across Cook Strait. Since the late 19th century they established and maintained the vital link between Wellington and the South Island ports. […]
This story by Peter Gossage retells the legend of everyone’s favourite, mischievous demi god Maui and his visit to his grandmother.
Maui the trickster wants to know what will happen if he puts out all the fires in his pa. When the people wake they are furious, so Maui must visit Mahuika, the goddess of fire.
“Mahuika raised her gnarled hands. At the tip of each finger burned a flame. She plucked one from her thumb and gave it to Maui.”
Author: Peter Gossage
Illustrator: Peter Gossage
Suggested level: 5-9 years old
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.
How Maui Slowed the Sun is a story by Peter Gossage that retells the legend of how Maui tamed the sun to help the people of his village.
“Every day we have to rush to do our chores and gather our food before the sun sets. Why should we be slaves to the sun? I will catch the sun before it rises, and teach it to travel slowly across the sky!”
Faced with days that are too short and nights that are too long Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun’s passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.
Author/Illustrator: Peter Gossage
First Published 2011
Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum and Space Place.