Wednesday, July 31, 2013




A look inside New Zealand’s government
Maria Gill   with Illustrations by Malcolm Evans






Maria Gill invites younger readers to discover how New Zealand is run and why it is necessary to have laws. Children will learn about how the government implements decisions about what is best for the country, and how to accommodate people who have differing views.


In simple accessible language and employing fact boxes, statistics, photos and engaging cartoons (by leading cartoonist Malcolm Evans), the book features who’s who in central government, such as the governor-general, prime minister, cabinet and MPs, and then judges, the police force and local government too. 

There are also spreads devoted to the New Zealand currency, citizenship, and the role of the media, with a strong section on voting and the electoral system to encourage children about the importance of their future vote.
Age range - 8-14 years.







Maria Gill has written over 20 non-fiction children’s books for the book trade and educational markets.  She regularly visits schools and libraries around the country promoting New Zealand books. She has published five titles with New Holland including New Zealand Hall of Fame (Children's Choice Non-fiction category winner at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012) The Call of the Kokako (a Storylines Notable Book in 2012) and Eruption! Discovering New Zealand volcanoes (LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013 finalist and Storylines Notable Book in 2013).


Malcolm Evans has been a professional cartoonist since the 60s, working for newspapers both here and in England.  He has twice been judged NZ cartoonist of the year and his work appears daily in three major New Zealand newspapers, The Manawatu Standard, The Timaru Herald and The Christchurch Press.
New Holland - $24.99   

 Release date: Friday 2 August 2013

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