The River in our Backyard – Te Awa e Pātata Rawa Ana

Join cousins Tui and Jennifer and their whānau on a voyage of discovery into the history and nature of Auckland’s Te Atatū Peninsula and nearby places within reach by sea and river.

The children learn local heritage, human development and impact, the environment and conservation, and get to join in Diwali celebrations.

A bilingual story in English and te reo, both written by Malcolm Paterson. Illustrated by Martin Bailey.
This story also includes Tamil language.

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One of the Sharing Our Stories series by Oratia Books, which encourage children to find out about centuries of history and unique environments.

Author’s comment

Malcolm says he is delighted to offer a new book through which tamariki and their whānau can engage with their social, cultural and environmental heritage — and which can be a local curriculum resource for schools.

“My Indian Malaysian wife and I have a lovely ‘fruit salad’ whānau and there are many others like us. I hope that they see themselves reflected in my books, which acknowledge different cultures in our communities.”

Meet the Kiwi author

Malcolm Paterson Malcolm Paterson belongs to Ngāti Whātua iwi, which he represents in heritage and environmental matters. He is the author of the previous three  Sharing our Stories books. Malcolm  lives with his family in Te Atatū, Auckland.

Additional information

Dimensions 28.5 × 20.5 × 4 cm
First published



Softcover edition



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Published by

Oratia Books

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