This book is a shout-out to the weird and wonderful endangered species in Aotearoa, those lesser-known creatures that don’t regularly make the news. But they are just as important as the ‘stars’ like kākāpō and kiwi, for they are the foundation of our unique biodiversity.

Tiaki includes such exotic animals as the Smeagol gravel maggot, a sea slug found on the south coast of Wellington; the moko kākāriki, a gecko with a bright blue mouth; the kōwaro/Canterbury mudfish, which can survive out of water for up to several months; and the tiny, critically endangered pekapeka-tou-roa/ long-tailed bat.

Written and beautifully illustrated by Jean Donaldson, this is a highly original and inspiring book aimed at intermediate-age children and teenagers.

$29.50 incl. GST

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Otago Daily Times ~ Small book highlights big losses:

Tiaki ODT review

About the Kiwi creatorJean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson graduated with a BDes (Hons) in 2021 from Ngā Pae Māhutonga, the School of Design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. She is currently dividing her time between working for Toi Āria, a Massey School of Design research centre, and working towards a master’s degree. Wellington-born and bred, Jean is a native-bird fanatic, with a passion for creating a better future for Aotearoa.

Additional information

Weight.45 g
Dimensions23 × 18 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

Potton & Burton

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