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Peter Gossage

Peter Gossage has worked as a display artist at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and as a graphic designer and scenic artist at TV2. His first job on leaving school was at an ad agency, and his drawings of Māori motifs on a television commercial drew interest from a publisher. This led to a career retelling and illustrating Māori legends for children. He lives in Auckland and has now published over 20 books.

 Selected bibliography:
  • How Maui-tiki-tiki-a-Taranga Found His Mother (Hamlyn 1975).
  • How Maui Found his Father and the Magic Jawbone (Lansdowne Press 1980).
  • Fish of Maui = Te Ika a Maaui translated into Māori by Merimeri Penfold (Lansdowne 1981).
  • How Maui Slowed the Sun = Te Hopu a Maaui i a te Raa translated into Māori by Merimeri Penfold (Lansdowne Press 1982).
  • How Maui Found the Secret of Fire = Te Kiteanga o te Kaapura translated into Māori by Merimeri Penfold (Lansdowne-Rigby 1984).
  • Black Knight (Endeavour) 1985
  • How Maui Defied the Goddess of Death = Te Taki a Maaui i a Hine-nui-te-poo translated into Māori by Merimeri Penfold (Lansdowne Press 1985).
  • Ruapekapeka Pa text by Kathryn Rountree (Longman Paul 1986).
  • Parihaka text by Kathryn Rountree (Longman Paul 1986).
  • Moremonui text by Kathryn Rountree (Longman Paul 1986).
  • Sons of Tumatauenga text by Kathryn Rountree (Longman Paul 1988).
  • Gallipoli text by Neil McKenzie (Longman Paul 1988).
  • Hatupatu and the Birdwoman (Heinemann Reed 1989).
  • Tahu, Ra and the Taniwha (Little Mammoth 1992).
  • New Zealand: A History in Pictures text by Penguin Books (Puffin 1997).
  • In the Beginning (Scholastic 2001).
  • Hinemoa and Tutanekai (Reed 2002).
  • Pania of the Reef (Reed 2003).
  • Puhi-huia and Ponga (Reed 2004).
  • Battle of the Mountains (Reed 2005).
  • Rona and the Moon (Reed 2007).


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