There have been many book launches during Oratia’s 10 years of publishing but to date only one has taken place underground.
On a crisp night in June 2016, suitably attired guests joined author Malcolm Paterson and illustrator Hana Maihi to launch The Tunnel in our Backyardin a subterranean lava tunnel in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden.
|Malcolm (second from left) and Hana (centre) with supporters at the launch|
The book was the second in the Sharing our Stories series, which Malcolm and a group of emerging Auckland leaders initiated with the 2010 picture book The Castle in our Backyard to connect young readers with the heritage around them.
The Tunnel in our Backyard follows two young cousins, Jennifer and Tui, as they discover the history around them with their whānau, and trace the footsteps of Māori and European ancestors (including the lava tunnels around Mount Albert).
Malcolm, who belongs to Ngāti Whātua of Auckland and the Kaipara, authored a third in the series with The Taniwha in our Backyard (2018), which is based in the Kaipara region.
He will be appearing at the Going West Writers Festival on Sunday 8 September.
Visit our Fb Page to be in to win a copy of The Tunnel in our Backyard. Prize available to New Zealand residents only.
Competition closes on Tuesday 22 July, and winner announced on Wednesday 23 July.