This beautiful baby book introduces ideas of me and my place in the world in the shape of a simple mihi or pepeha

Mihi / mihimihi / pepeha: introducing yourself and making connections to other people and places

Mihi is a simple book to share with babies and talk about their whanau and place in the world. Repeating colours and shapes show the connections between waka, mountain, iwi through to mama, papa and the baby reader.

This book is an introduction for children of any age to their own pepeha—and to the idea of a pepeha.


Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngati Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement 2020, the Sir Kingi Ihaka Award for Lifetime Contribution to Maori Art and Culture 2019 and the New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 2000.


A simple, striking new board book that we predict will be in every ECE in the country soon – it ties into certain curriculum strands beautifully, but more than that: it’s a book that builds kids up.

The Spinoff

Mihi is a taonga, a treasure for all New Zealand families.

The Source

With supreme skill, Bishop encapsulates each element of the mihi, that Maori statement of self, in terms of waka, maunga, awa … right down to the child reciting it.

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