Te Wai, Tama and the Moon

Book Author & Illustrator Linda Tuhiwai-Smith & Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Te Wai’s mum is seriously ill, and Tama’s mum struggles to make ends meet, but Te Wai’s got a big imagination and is determined to make the day better. The friends plan a trip to the moon, and they wait at the bus stop for the spaceship. Each time the bus arrives, someone they know gets off, and they share something to eat with the children while they wait, and Tama and Te Wai help them with the steps and heavy bags. That evening, Aunty Cherrie takes them in her little red ‘spaceship’ car to look at the stars and tells them how people’s spirits become stars when they die. Te Wai understands this will not be long for her mum. Some days later, her funeral takes place, and Te Wai is surrounded by the caring support of her family, her community and Tama.

About the Author
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
(Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) is a professor in Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. She is a world-renowned, leading scholar and researcher in indigenous studies, indigenous education and research methodologies and has written many publications in this area. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for her services to Māori and education.

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. Isobel studied design at the Whanganui School of Design and Massey University and uses both digital and traditional media. She specialises in symbolism and metaphor, and her work is influenced by mythology and folk tales, botanical illustration and life experience.


Huia Publishers


200 mm x 180 mm



Picture Books

Age range
5-11 years

Publication Date
February 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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