Kuwi And Friends Māori Picture Dictionary

The Kuwi and Friends Māori Picture Dictionary (He Papakupu Whakaahua) is a fun, easy-to-use resource for those wanting to discover, learn and use everyday words in te reo Māori. The illustrations are designed to help with comprehension, particularly for younger learners. Visual cues can assist with retention of language, to recall spoken and written words.

A hard-cover book with 68 fully illustrated pages, in a large format (265 x 345mm), in vibrant full colour, with over 1000 te reo Māori words, translated into English. Embedded with gorgeous Kuwi the kiwi (and friends) illustrations.

Designed for everyday use, in the whānau (family), kura (school) and for all New Zealanders. Ages 0-100+.

English text and illustration by Kat Quin | Te Reo Māori translation by Pānia Papa

$34.95 incl. GST

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From the New Zealand author and illustrator of the Kuwi the Kiwi series, Kat Quin, comes a large scale, stunningly illustrated visual dictionary. Full of over 1000 basic words in te reo Māori and English, perfect for every New Zealander.

• Winner – 2021 Storylines Notable Book Award – Te Reo Māori
• Winner – 2021 Storylines Notable Book Award – Non-fiction
• Winner – Publishers Association NZ (PANZ) Book Design Awards 2021
• Finalist – 2020 Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction – New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults
• The Kuwi the Kiwi™ series is a proud supporter of Kiwis for Kiwi Trust, donating 20 cents from each book sale to support kiwi conservation projects in New Zealand. The series has donated in excess of $50,000 so far.


Becky Popham, The Sapling ~ “Kat and Pānia are an excellent duo who have been working together for a number of years. A lot of you will know Kat from her award-winning Kuwi the Kiwi series amongst other really rad things (like being an ambassador for the charity ‘Kiwis for Kiwi’). Pānia is an ‘acclaimed Māori language consultant and advocate who has spent the past three decades devoted to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori’. You can also see her on Māori Television during the week on shows like AKO and Ōpaki. She’s also recently launched Kotahi Rau Pukapuka, a charitable project which, over the next decade, is aiming to release 100 books in te reo!

“The large hardback format, being just shy of A3, makes it feel luxurious and special (and proper sturdy). This book is a must-have for every school, library and household.

“There is a HEAP of content here and, to be honest, this book deserves to have an entire review dedicated to it so you can get the full picture and I can wax lyrical about all the cool stuff. It’s difficult to list all the different subjects covered but I can assure you they are vastly comprehensive – from basic pronunciation (including tribal variations) through to the home, feelings, numbers, ocean life, animals (current and extinct), school, food etc. Right through to ngā wāhanga o te wharenui (parts of the meeting house), te marae, te taonga/he whakarākei/he kākahu (traditional Māori objects/adornments/clothing), ngā pūrākau (creation narratives) and finally ending on he mihi ōkawa (formal greetings) and he kupu whakatau (terms of address).

“It really is chock full. All of your favourite Kuwi characters are here too so there’s a fun ‘spot your favourite Kuwi pal’ game to be played alongside all the learning. Kat’s illustrations absolutely shine and really do help with comprehension.

“Each page could be carefully removed and popped in a frame on the wall. I really had to work hard to give this an objective review but when something comes along that’s this well put together, it’s hard not to feel a little giddy!”

Kat QuinMeet the Kiwi creators

Find out more about Waikato author and illustrator Kat Quin on her author page.

Pānia Papa is an acclaimed Māori language consultant and advocate who has spent the past three decades devoted to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori. After ten years of teaching te reo at Waikato University, Pānia began to create Māori language resources and learning programmes through Takatū Associates Ltd. Māori TV viewers can watch Pānia, on AKO and Ōpaki. Recently, Pānia and fellow trustees launched Kotahi Rau Pukapuka, a charitable project aiming to release 100 books in te reo over the next decade. Pānia translated all of the te reo Māori in this pukapuka (book), as well as advising and editing.

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Dimensions34.8 × 26.6 cm

Hardcover edition



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