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Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa, of Ngāti Porou, was born in Australia of New Zealand parents. She is a descendant of Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare and Te Whānau-a-Te-Ao of Tokomaru Bay, and is affiliated to Te Arawa by marriage. Robyn exhibits frequently and her work is in public and private collections in New Zealand and overseas. She has written and illustrated a number of children's books. She lives in Rotorua.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Kuia and the Spider text by Patricia Grace (Longman Paul 1981).
  • Ihaka and the Summer Wandering text by Joanna Orwin (Oxford University Press 1982).
  • Ihaka and the Prophecy text by Joanna Orwin (Oxford University Press 1984).
  • Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street text by Patricia Grace (Longman Paul 1984).
  • Taniwha (Puffin/Viking Kestrel 1986).
  • Paikea (Puffin/Viking 1993).
  • The Koroua and the Mauri Stone (Puffin 1994).
  • Kehua (Puffin 1996).
  • Supa Heroes: Te Wero (Mauri Tū Ltd 2000).
  • Koha (Mauri Tū 2003).
  • Matatuhi (Puffin 2006).
  • The Forgotten Taniwha (Puffin 2009).
  • Tutu Taniwha (Taniwha Toys & Tales 2010).
  • Te Marama te reo translation by Kiwa Hammond (Mauri Tū 2011).
Awards:
  • Russell Clark Award 1982 Highly Commended for The Kuia and the Spider.
  • New Zealand Government Publishing Awards 1982 Picture Book of the Year Award for The Kuia and the Spider.
  • New Zealand Government Publishing Awards 1987 Picture Book of the Year Award for Taniwha.
  • Russell Clark Award 1987 Winner for Taniwha.
  • Russell Clark Award 1994 Shortlist for Paikea.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2007 Picture Book Shortlist for Matatuhi.
 

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