Rere Atu Taku Poi!/Let My Poi Fly!

Book Author & Illustrator Tangaroa Paul & Rebecca Gibbs
Rights Available World excl. ANZ

Written in te reo Māori and translated by the author, Rere Atu Taku Poi! is a beautifully illustrated story about gender fluidity in a school setting.

Rangi loves doing haka but performing poi is his favourite — even though his classmates say it’s just for girls. When the lead poi performer falls sick before a school performance, Rangi has to take her place.

How will the other students and audience react – ‘Surely a boy can’t lead the poi?’

As Rangi steps on stage, the familiar movements of poi take him from scared and unsure to standing as his authentic self.

About the Author
Tangaroa Paul (Te Whare Tawhito o Muriwhenua), a poi expert who identifies as gender-fluid, is a lecturer in te reo Māori at the Auckland University of Technology, where they have recently submitted a doctoral thesis in gender studies. Rere Atu Taku Poi! is Tangaroa’s first book.

Rebecca Gibbs (Rongowhakaata) has been a primary school teacher and gained a Bachelor of Design (VisCom) in 2015, since when she has worked in illustration and publishing. She lives in Christchurch.


Oratia Books


270 x 210mm



Picture Book

Publication Date
February 2024

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Peter Dowling, Oratia Books

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