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Manu Smith

Manu Smith, talented artist/designer/illustrator passed away in 2005 at the age of 46. Manu was a valued contributor to the New Zealand publishing industry. He has left a gift for all New Zealanders which can be found on the bookshelves of libraries, classrooms and homes across the country. Manu’s work will be treasured by further generations of young readers.
Manu belonged to the Te Aupouri tribe of the far north and he studied graphic design at Auckland Technical Institute. His beautiful images for local children's publications meld aspects of everyday life with mythical themes and characters. By recreating traditional Māori community settings, he fashioned a complete and exciting world with which to bring Māori legends alive for young New Zealanders of all backgrounds. Manu also designed stunning postage stamps and phone cards featuring mythical characters from Māori legends.
Manu created many titles in collaboration with Ron Bacon and Waiatarua Publishing, illustrating 32 books interpreting traditional Māori myths. The last of these were published in 2004.

 

Selected bibliography:
  • Maori Legends (Reed 1993).
  • Hatupatu retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Fire Woman retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • I Am Tangaroa text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • I Am Tawhiri text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Tinirau and His Whale retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Tulevai and the Sea text by Joy Cowley (Ashton Scholastic 1995).
  • Sea Daughter text by Joy Cowley (Ashton Scholastic 1995).
  • Tamure and the Taniwha retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Tane and His Children retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Tane and the Stars retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Sea Monster story by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Taniwha retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Te Manu the Tekoteko retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • The Old Woman and the Spiders retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1995).
  • Whirikoki and His Seal text by Mere Clarke (Huia Publishers 1997).
  • I nga Hatarei text by Robyn Rangihuia Bargh (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • Hangarua 2 text by Te Ropu a Huia (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • Kaipatu Ahi Ahau text by Monica Simmons (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • Mihini text by Hopa Keelan (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • Tinana Kori text by Kararaina Pene (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • Kehua o Kopu Ariki text by Rangimarie Pere (Huia Publishers 1998).
  • The Naming of the Land text by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1998).
  • Kei Waho a Mama Raua ko Hiria text by Carla Na Nagara (Huia Publishers 1999).
  • How Gourds Came retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • The Fierce and Greedy Woman retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Monoa and the Birds retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Mountain of Fire retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Peketua's Egg retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Te Tahi and the Rain retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • The Woman Who Was like a Man retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Maui's New Hook retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Two Taniwha retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Pub1999).
  • When Tieke Danced retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 1999).
  • Taku Kuia text by Wena Tait (Huia Publishers 1999).
  • Kaihautu Rererangi text by Te Ropu a Huia (Huia Publishers 2000).
  • Haumia and His Kumara retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Hine-moana and Kiwa retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Hapopo and the Pohutukawa retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Matakauri the Giant Killer retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Pania, the Woman from the Sea retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Parata the Taniwha retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Mohoao, the Fierce Fairy Person retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • Maero, the Very Fierce People retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • How Weaving Came retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).
  • The Woman Whose Son Was a Taniwha retold by Ron Bacon (Waiatarua Publishing 2004).

 

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