Late last year I visited several schools in the Waiharakeke/Blenheim and Kaikoura districts to talk about The Adventures of Tupaia book. Schools visited were: Rapaura, Grovetown, Spring Creek, Blenheim, Tua Marina, Mayfield, Ward, and Kaikoura High. Pictured above are me and the children of Blenheim Primary, taken by a reporter from The Blenheim Sun. Not pictured: the rain (the kids weren’t bothered).
Despite it being a bit out of my comfort zone I had an awesome time. Many thanks to all involved, not least the kids themselves who were delightful, and asked some pretty sharp, and not a few tough questions.
Then there’s this here from Canvas Magazine 14/7/19:
“A spectacular hardback published in partnership with Auckland Museum to accompany the Tupaia exhibition (now on), this follows the story of Tupaia from his childhood in Ra’iatea to becoming a highranking ’arioi and master navigator who sailed with Captain James Cook as part of the crew on the Endeavour. Meredith and Tait incorporate a range of styles in this evocatively illustrated work, which adds nuance to the story of how Europeans put Aotearoa on their maps. It’s a story that should be read in all New Zealand primary schools.”
Heoi anō, kāore te kumara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka…
The book I have been working on for the last little while has finally been released into the wild. Written by Courtney Sina Meredith with illustrations by myself, it’s called The Adventures of Tupaia and is published by Allen and Unwin. It tells the story of Tupaia, the Tahitian navigator-priest who travelled with Cpt Cook on the Endeavour to Aotearoa and offers a unique perspective on the events, while helping to bring into the light the neglected story of this fascinating man and his part in our history.