Because I’m Māori

A simple children’s rhyming picture book promoting positive cultural identity, basic te reo Māori and whakapapa.

This brilliant bilingual book takes the reader from the marae to the maunga, and into the moana and celebrates the importance of whanāu and being proud of who you are, all accompanied by lively illustrations. It also features the musical score of the song Because I’m Māori with verses in English and te reo Māori. The simple children’s rhymes and basic te reo Māori will have children and adults singing along in no time.

Written by Nicolla Hemi-Moorehouse and illustrated by Story Hemi-Moorehouse

$21.99 incl. GST

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Because I’m Māori teaches simple language and reading to young Kiwi tamariki (0 to 7 years) by Australian-based Māori children’s entertainer known as ‘Miss Nicky Says’ who first aired on Youtube in 2001. Miss Nicky Says has captured the hearts of children, parents and educators since then with her colourful songs, educational content, graphics and use of Māori language.

About the creators

Nicolla Hemi-Morehouse, aka Miss Nicky Says is an award-winning children’s artist with a Youtube channel celebrating over 1 million views. Her song A Tuatara in my Gumboot was shortlisted for the APRA Best Children’s Song at the 2023 NZ Music Awards. In 2023 she won the title of Top Australian Kids Artist of the Year. Her nominated song ‘A Tuatara in my Gumboot’ was a finalist for Best Children’s Song at this year’s International Songwriting Competition and her debut album ‘I Love Matariki’ will be released this autumn. Born in Aotearoa, Nicolla (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa) now resides on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Story Hemi-Moorehouse (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) is an award-winning writer-illustrator who burst onto the NZ literary scene during the Covid-19 lockdowns. She has nine books already to her name, including The Greatest Haka Festival on Earth and Mokopuna Matatini, which were both finalists in the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Additional information

Dimensions25 × 25 × 5 cm
First published



Softcover edition



Page count


Published by

Bateman Books

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