On the evening of 29 July an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Cornwall Park Restaurant on One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie to launch the first 2010 title from Libro International - The Castle in our Backyard and its Maori edition, Te Pa Kaha kei to tatou Iari.
Guests were welcomed on behalf of Ngati Whatua o Orakei, the mana whenua of the mount, by Takutai Wikiriwhi, and addressed by Michael Horton, chairman of the Cornwall Park Trust Board.
Author Malcolm Paterson spoke of the vision of connecting New Zealand children with the history that surrounds them, which inspired him and his fellow members of the Sharing Our Stories group to devise this, the first in a planned series of books about historic landmarks.
The Castle in our Backyard and Te Pa Kaha kei to tatou Iari are on sale at good bookstores in New Zealand or can be ordered through our website www.oratiamedia.com
Author Malcolm Paterson and illustrator Leah Mulgrew signing books for Sharing Our Stories member Mark Spencer; Patricia Greig of Oratia Media is in the background
Representatives of Ngati Whatua o Orakei, major supporters of The Castle in our Backyard