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Taonga cover image.

Written by Kiwa Hammond

Illustrated by Adele Jackson

When Mahi and her cousin Hani go to Nan’s house after school, they tell her about their school project – to write about something that is a taonga to them. After talking with Nan, both children realise what they will write about.

While this story has particular relevance to Māori students, many students will identify with the ideas of whānaungatanga (special family relationships) and taonga (a treasure or something that is special to a person). 

Orange 2


Series: Ready to Read Colour Wheel

Learning area: English

Colour wheel level: Orange

Curriculum level: 1

Category: Fiction

Related titles: Other stories about Mahi: Getting Ready for the Visitors (Red 3), Waiting for Rēwana Bread (Blue 3), Whai – String Games (Green 3. This story also features Hani.) Texts about special family relationships, particularly relationships with grandparents: Nanny; Matariki Breakfast (shared); Grandpa’s Birthday, Noisy House (Blue 1); Helping at the Marae (Blue 2); My Brother (Green 1); A Special Visit to Koro and Nanny, Two Homes (Orange 1); Kapa Haka, Te Pēpi Hou (Turquoise 2)

Publication date: April 2019

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