The author of a new children's' book based on Tauranga myths and legends says it's important for Māori to tell Māori stories or they run the risk of having their stories being claimed by outsiders.  

Mauao, Caught by the Dawn, is a bilingual book telling the story of the ancestral mountain of the area and how he earnt his name.

Tamoe Matire Ngata is the author and illustrator. She's a mother and kaupapa Māori teacher who wants resources to help pass on the stories of where she comes from.

Mauao, Caught by the Dawn, is on sale now. 

Ngata hopes that the story of Mauao will become a hit.