"This is exactly the sort of app we need to motivate more Māori children to want to read and the fact that it is in te reo makes it that more special for my Y9-Y12 boys at Te Wharekura o Manurewa, more of the same please"

Maahia Nathan

“Māori achievement is on the rise, but some of our rangatahi struggle with reading, and prefer audio learning. An audio book like this works well for them.“

Education Minister Hekia Parata

Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa

Huia Publishers and Andrew Burdan

Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa / Victory at Point 209 takes the reader through the story of how Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu of 28 Māori Battalion was awarded the VC during World War Two.

On 26 March 1943, two weeks before his 24th birthday, Ngarimu led an attack on Point 209, a vital hill at Tebaga Gap in Tunisia. Under intense mortar and machine gun-fire, he led the assault up the hill, personally destroying two German machine-gun posts on a crest of the hill.

Despite being wounded twice during the night, he and his men defended their position from several counter-attacks. The following morning during a particularly strong counter-attack, Ngarimu was killed. Later the same day, the Germans still on Point 209 surrendered.

This is an interactive digital book in comic format, with audio and text in Te Reo Māori (Ngāti Porou dialect) and English. With the support of Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage, it is available FREE from the App Store, and can be accessed on iPADs and iPhones.

  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Colour in the illustrations
  • Multiple languages