Author(s): Ripeka Takotowai Goddard
This picture book tells the story of how the eel got its silver belly but was condemned to live in the dark depths of the river for ever.
Tuna is in awe of a nymph, Hiriwa, who glows and dances along the river bank in the moonlight. Night after night he meets the nymph and basks in the moonlight, hoping that he will also glow, but he remains the same. Disappointed, he hatches a plan to take the nymph's light. But the moon sees what Tuna does, and in her anger, she prevents Tuna from swimming in her moonlight ever again.
This edition is in english only.
The Te Reo Maori edition, Tuna raua ko Hiriwa, can be found here.
Ripeka Takotowai Goddard is a student and a writer. Tuna and Hiriwa is her first picture book, and it is based on traditions she learned about eeling.