Media release – Tāne Mahuta has a forest, launch date 2 Nov in Te Puke.


Tāne Mahuta has a forest

Written and illustrated by Rebecca Larsen

Publication date: November 2018, RRP $19.99

Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are back in another delightful story illustrated and written by Rebecca Larsen, after their last adventure in her debut bestseller Row, row, row your waka.

In her new book Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho explore the forest. Sing along with them to the waiata and join them as they perform the actions. Tāne Mahuta has a forest is sung in English and Māori to the tune of Old MacDonald had a farm.

Rebecca has taken this well-loved children’s classic song and created a wonderful story that will help children sound out their vowels, accompanied by her delightful, lively illustrations.

Tāne Mahuta has a forest is translated into Māori by Justin Kereama and Tania Solomona, and features a bonus CD of the song in English and Māori sung by Paul Inia with music by Richard Larsen.

After the release of Row, row, row your waka, Rebecca was so encouraged by the enthusiastic responses that it motivated her to create this waiata, with a mix of English and Māori (plus a fully translated version) with fun actions.

Rebecca’s inspiration for the book came from a family bush walk when they visited a small forest on the outskirts of Opotiki called Hukutaia. “It was a super-hot day, recalls Rebecca, “but when we entered the forest we were well covered - and the temperature dropped, and we entered a living world of waiata — bird song, clicks and rustle noises. Tāne Mahuta, god of the forest and our precious ancient Northland kauri tree, is of course important to note as inspiration. We visited this tree many years ago and I remember it being a spiritual and awe-inspiring experience.”


Rebecca Larsen, author and illustrator, has always had a natural talent to create and draw. As a young girl she always had colours in her hand and enjoyed creating stories and art. Row, row, row your waka was created because she wanted to introduce te reo in a fun way to her two pre-school boys. Rebecca family and friends helped her to develop this second songbook for all tamariki around the country and overseas. Rebecca and her whānau are based in Papamoa.

Rebecca Larsen is available for interview | RRP incl. GST $19.99

Publication date: November 2018

Published by Imagination Press

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Photo taken at Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua