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Zak Waipara

ZakBioPic16-716A former NZ Herald graphic artist and HOD of Animation at Animation College, Zak Waipara (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu) is now Digital Media Lecturer at AUT. He has worked as a designer for Māori Television’s children’s show Miharo, illustrated comics and a range of books, and created animated music videos. Zak also created the design and artwork for New Zealand's International Children's Book Day 2007 poster.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Stolen Stars of Matariki, text by Miriama Kamo (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Māui – Suncatcher, text by Tim Tipene (Oratia, 2016)
  • Ōtea: Rock of Ages 1, (Tuakore Press, 2015)
  • Horeta and the Waka, text by Gordon Campbell (Scholastic, 2007)
  • Q's Course in Māori, text by Quinton Hita (HarperCollins, 2001)
  • Turongo and Mahinarangi, text by Queenie Rikihana Hyland (Reed, 1999)
  • Kopuwai the Monster, text by Queenie Rikihana Hyland (Reed, 1998)
  • The Creation, text by Queenie Rikihana Hyland (Reed, 1998)
  • Morgan's Cool Cat, text by Stephen Clover and Hine Rapana Clover (Reed, 1998)
  • Super-Morgan, text by Stephen Clover and Hine Rapana Clover (Reed, 1998)
  • Te Kapo the Taniwha, text by Queenie Rikihana (Reed, 1997)
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