Mr Kiwi has an Important Job

Job sharing is nothing new for kiwi. For millions of years dedicated kiwi parents have worked together to successfully hatch their chicks. Relative to their size, female kiwi produce one of the largest eggs in the world, and, after hatching, they are so exhausted they need to leave and rebuild their strength. This is when the male parent steps in. His important job is to sit on the nest for around 80 days until the chick hatches. With stunning illustrations to match her delightful story, Heather Hunt has produced another classic book about one of our best-loved birds.

Illustrated and written by Heather Hunt

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Storylines Notable Picture Book 2020


NZ Booklovers ~ It is a charming and informative story about how kiwi parents job-share and co-parent their chicks. The poetic rhyming text paired with Hunt’s expressive illustrations make this a book to treasure. It is a fabulous read-aloud, and one that informs and inspires. The spare text and simple short sentences make it a fun one to question readers too as the book slowly unfolds. It sparked imagination and wonder – what is Mr Kiwi’s important job? Why is Mrs Kiwi eating so much? What would happen is he was late? The book offers younger readers insights into the kiwi’s reproductive process, diet, habitat and behaviour of our national bird.

Meet the Kiwi creator

Heather HuntHeather Hunt is an illustrator and exhibiting artist who has spent her life learning about the world by drawing it. Her characters and the scenes they inhabit emerge out of a research process that involves observing, photographing, reading, writing, conversations and, above all, hundreds of drawings. Heather’s much-loved ‘Backyard Kiwi’ character is the face of one of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi recovery projects and inspired the work for her award-winning picture book, Kiwi, the real story (Storylines Notable Book Award, NZ Post Book Award finalist and winner of the Children’s Choice Award NF, LIANZA award finalist).


Additional information

Dimensions25 × 30 cm
First published



Softcover edition



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Published by

Potton & Burton

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