The Last of Maui's Dolphins - Maria Gill & Bruce Potter

The Last of Maui's Dolphins

By Maria Gill & Bruce Potter

  • Release Date: 2015-05-01
  • Genre: Animals


A pod of Maui’s dolphins warn their youngest member, Hiriwa, of the dangers of going near the dark shapes (fishing boats). Hiriwa heeds their warning until the day the set net from a fishing trawler catches his friends. Can he save them and not get caught himself? 

Maria writes an engaging story for young children about the plight of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, much in the media at present. Commercial fishing techniques pose a great risk to the survival of the species, and although the government proposes to extend the marine mammal sanctuary along the west coast of the North Island, many people and conservation groups say this is not enough. 

This hauntingly illustrated picture book includes a double-page spread with environmental and behavioural facts about Maui’s dolphin, its cousin the Hector’s dolphin, and what can be done to help them survive.

Maria Gill has written over 30 children’s books for the book trade and educational markets both here and internationally.  She regularly visits schools and libraries around the country promoting New Zealand books. She has published six other titles with New Holland including New Zealand Hall of Fame (Children's Choice winner at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012) The Call of the Kokako (a Storylines Notable Book 2012) Eruption! Discovering New Zealand volcanoes (short-listed for 2012 LIANZA awards) and Running the Country: A look inside New Zealand’s government. 

Bruce Potter is an international award-winning illustrator of over 100 children’s books. His Whale Rider (illustrated edition) has been translated into many languages. Bruce is known for his realistic style and fine detail but he also has a background in cartooning and caricature for a number of newspapers around the world. He produced the realistic illustrations and caricatures for New Zealand Hall of Fame with Maria Gill.