The Grandmothers of Pikitea Street (Ngā Kuia o te tiriti o Pikitea)

Māori, Ethiopian, Samoan, NZ European, Indian and Chinese grandmothers sharing traditional stories with their grandkids as they make the kids’ lunchboxes for school the next day.

The grandmothers are also preparing dishes for their monthly gathering, where they share their respective traditions and stories.

Written by Renisa Viraj Maki, illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson, translated by Kanapu Rangitauira


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A touching story about multiple cultures in New Zealand bonding through food and stories across the generations.

‘I hope young readers, and those who read the book with them, connect to this story and see the beauty of our multicultural society,’ says author Renisa Viraj Maki of her debut book. ‘As an Indian immigrant, I struggled to find stories that celebrate the multicultural experience. That inspired me to write about immigrants and locals connecting across cultures.’


NZ Booklovers ~ “As Nīkau is getting ready for bed, her kui (grandma) tells her the story of one of their ancestors – Māui. Across the street, Aida is helping her sēti āyati (grandmother) make injera. The Ethiopian flatbread reminds Aida of the moon and she promises her grandmother she’ll eat it all at school the next day.

“A heartwarming story that emphasizes the things we all have in common, regardless of our background – storytelling, food and the love for our grandmothers.” Read the full review.

Swings and Roundabouts (Early Childhood Council publication) ~

The Grandmothers of Pikitea Street

Meet the Kiwi creators

Renisa Viraj Maki is a Kiwi-Indian leadership consultant and artist who is a graduate in art history. She is dedicated to writing stories that reflect cultural diversity; this is her first book. Renisa lives in Auckland.

Nikki Slade Robinson is an award-winning illustrator and author who has published numerous children’s books. See her author page.

Kanapu Rangitauira (Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou, Te Whakatōhea) is a registered translator and teacher of te reo Māori. Among his book translations is Nanny Mihi’s Medicine/Ngā Rongoā a Nanny Mihi (Oratia Books, 2022). Kanapu lives with his family in Rotoiti, Rotorua.

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Dimensions27 × 21 cm

Softcover edition



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Oratia Books


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