2 Jun 2010

English readers envious of te reo book quality - judge

7:44 pm on 2 June 2010

The convenor of judges of the te reo section of the Library and Information Association's children's book awards says English- language readers are now envious about the quality of books being published only in te reo.

Alice Heather told Waatea News that most entries for Te Kura Pounamu in past years were translations, but that's changed and now people think the publishers should look at having them in both languages.

Finalists include Te Kahikatea by Keri Pewhairangi, the Te Wahi me te Taiao series by Darryn Joseph, Hautipua Rererangi by Andrew Burdan and Katarina Mataira's translation of Hu Hu Koroheke by Kyle Mewburn and Rachel Driscoll.