Another book from Tauranga’s award winning children’s author Debbie McCauley


ARTbop is pleased to note in WORDS: Kupu and Word,  the media release from Mauao Publishing informing us of the publication of local writer, Debbie McCauley’s most recent work.    It has been an ongoing privilege to meet with Tauranga City Library-based McCauley and to read her beautifully illustrated and presented books.  It is also wonderful to see the bi-lingual nature of her work.   

McCauley’s latest book is The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana and appropriately it is being launched on Tuesday 6th February:  Waitangai Day 2018.    Our history is never simple and there are always disparate versions of events.   Although McCauley’s book is a “picture book” written for children I believe that I and other adults will benefit from reading it.    

You can read a 2014 ARTbop conversation with Debbie McCauley in Kupu & Word

Here’s the publicity statement from Mauao Publishing:

“Kia ora,

Mauao Publishing is excited to release details of our new offering:  

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

The story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Tauranga is a fascinating  one, told for the first time in this bilingual picture book. The  document arrived in Tauranga after many years of violence and bloodshed had decimated the local population. Just days before the Treaty’s arrival, a Tauranga chief was tricked into attending peace talks before being murdered and eaten. Not all the chiefs of Tauranga Moana signed the Treaty; those  who didn’t wanted to govern themselves, those who  did were looking for protection against their enemies. However, just two years after the signings, three Tauranga Treaty signatories were murdered and eaten in what was one of the last cannibal feasts near Tauranga.

CONTENTS: Otamataha Pā massacre and Herald visit; Treaty of Waitangi; Te Papa Mission Station; Murder of chief Pōnui; Tauranga Treaty (Sheet 5); Nuka Taipari and Maungatapu Pā; Hōri Kingi Tūpaea and Ōtūmoetai Pā; Missionary James Stack; Sack of Ōngare Pā; Peace Treaty; Golden Age of Māori enterprise; New Zealand Wars; Tauranga Treaty of Waitangi settlements; Text of the Tauranga Treaty; Tauranga Treaty signatories; Tauranga Treaty witnesses; Tauranga Moana timeline (Early history, Musket Wars, New Zealand Wars, Treaty of Waitangi settlements) Glossary; Treaty activities; Index; Acknowledgements and picture credits.

Author: Debbie McCauley Illustrator: Whare Joseph Thompson Translator: nā Tamati Waaka i whakamāori Designer: Sarah Elworthy    Publisher: Mauao Publishing (Tauranga)First Published: 6 February 2018ISBN: 9780473412142RRP: $39.95

Tauranga Kete:

Please note that although the release date is 6 February 2018 it is unlikely that the book will arrive in classrooms in time for Waitangi Day 2018, but likely later in the month.

Ngā mihi,

Debbie McCauley

 Mauao Publishing (est. 2012)

Phone: 027 659 1260. Email:


 The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

Due for Release: 6 February 2018 (Waitangi Day)

Author McCauley and her earlier award winning publication:

Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster

Best Non-Fiction category winner: 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

White Raven 2015 (International Youth Library, Munich, Germany)

Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: A Story from the Battle of Gate Pa

Finalist: 2015 LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards”

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and secondly a video of the beautiful home-based boutique vintage store created by Cindy Prior at Te Puna, Tauranga:   Cindy Lou Vintage Shoppe

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NEXT FAIR IS SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2018 11am to 3pm at the Black Sheep – see you there!



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