Māui's Taonga Tales

Finalist, Best Children's Programme, NZ TV Awards.

We worked with a number of iwi, Te Papa, and many artists and writers to create this TV series. Its tales are from the rich history and mythology of Aotearoa and are based around taonga Māori.

Producers: Te Wuruhi | Lean Dog and ProductionShed.TV

Funding: Te Māngai Pāho

Broadcaster: Māori TV

Concept: David Brechin-Smith



David Brechin-Smith and Ranea Aperahama developed the TV series.

Te Papa Press published two books based on the TV series: one in Māori, the other in English. Both versions won Storylines Notable Book Awards, and the reo Māori version got Highly Commended at the MAPDA Awards.




Read the Sapling interview with Ranea and David.