A book to treasure for young and old, Robyn Kahukiwa's Nga Atua: Maori Gods takes the reader on a beautiful visual journey while imparting simple and effective explanations of the major Maori gods. Robyn introduces the pantheon of Maori gods and explains the arena of life for which each deity is responsible. For example, Tumatauenga is the greatest warrior atua. His powers are extreme strength and courage. He fights for truth and justice. This book is a beautiful introduction to some of the unique deities that are part of Aotearoa New Zealand's cultural story, and affirms their continued relevance today.
Robyn Kahukiwa (Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti) is one of Aotearoa/New Zealand's most important contemporary Maori artists. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in numerous art galleries, museums and private collections. She has written and illustrated numerous children's picture books.