Hine and the Tohunga Portal
March 11, 2022
At the start of Ataria Sharman’s Hine and the Tohunga Portal we are introduced to Hine and her brother Hōhepa. Hine is a 12-year-old Māori girl who is very fashion oriented with her turquoise pants and bright purple backpack; she daydreams a lot and she is one of the more popular people in school. Hōhepa is eight and seems like he’s 15 by the way he talks, but sometimes he’s just your regular kid.
The patupaiarehe are Māori fairy people, and at a glance they look like normal people and in some way they are but they are actually Papatuanuku’s servants and the people that take care of nature. Read more
The Cuba Press
December 03, 2021
“You be careful out there, Nissa girl,” he said. “People far more forest-savvy than you have gotten themselves lost in Fiordland. Some of them for good.”
Nissa Marshall was five when she first saw them. At the time, she was too young to understand what she was seeing. A strange, pulsating, light in the middle of the forest. She called them fairies, not knowing what they really were, of course. Nobody believed her. Not her parents, even though her dad still thinks that there’s moose in Fiordland. Read more