Ngāreta Gabel has been writing for her daughter in Māori since she was little and she was encouraged to send some stories to a publisher. Ngāreta is from the hapu Te Paatu and Ngati Tara of the Ngati Kahu tribe. She is passionate about children reading and learning te reo. She was raised in Kawakawa and now lives in Kaikohe.
- Tekiteora, Kei Hea ō Hū? illustrated by Ali Teo and Astrid Jensen (Huia 2003). Adapted and translated into English as Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea! by Hannah Rainforth.
- Te Kura Pounamu Award 2003 for Tekiteora, Kei Hea ō Hū?
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Picture Book Shortlist 2004 for Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea!
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2004 Children’s Choice Winner for Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea!