Au­thor’s big ad­ven­ture in­spires chil­dren’s book

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Walk­ing from Cape Reinga to Welling­ton is a big ad­ven­ture.

But Mt Eden’s Maris O’Rourke took on the Te Araroa track and turned her jour­ney into an in­spir­ing chil­dren’s book.

The au­thor and her hus­band Greg Mace walked the 1696 kilo­me­tre track in sec­tions over two years.

The pair have al­most 40 years.

O’Rourke says they com­pleted the Tau­maranui to Welling­ton sec­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

They hope to do the South Is­land sec­tion next Christ­mas.

Walk­ing tracks like Te Araroa


for take com­mit­ment ve­r­ance.

O’Rourke says she hopes to in­still the same qual­i­ties in young read­ers through Lil­libutt the kune kune pig.

The chil­dren’s book Lil­libutt’s Te Araroa Ad­ven­ture sees the ad­ven­tur­ous pig tackle un­ex­pected ob­sta­cles on her long walk from Cape Reinga to Auck­land Zoo.

It is the sec­ond Lil­libutt story O’Rourke has writ­ten.

Her first fo­cussed on the El Camino de San­ti­ago de Com­postela walk which stretches from France to Spain. Mt Eden il­lus­tra­tor and film­maker Clau­dia Pond Ey­ley col­lab­o­rates with O’Rourke on the book se­ries.



Piggy tale: Writer Maris O’Rourke and il­lus­tra­tor Clau­dia Pond Ey­ley with one of Auck­land Zoo’s kune kune pigs.

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