Craniums Character Hunt 2022

Craniums Character Hunt 2022 banner showing some of the storybook characters.

Search for real live storybook characters

A New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2022 event

Gather before 10.30am and pick up a game card to join in this exciting hunt. Then search the nooks and crannies of the library to find your favourite storybook characters. Persuade each character to complete your game-card and be in to win prizes.

Come along dressed in your favourite costume and be into win spot prizes!

The Parade

All children who have been hunting for characters are invited to join a storybook character parade just after midday. Listen for the announcement to call you to the Children's Room to start the parade.

Picture of author Ataria Sharman and the cover of her book, 'Hine and the Tohunga Portal'.

Guest author: Ataria Sharman

Meet Ataria Sharman who will be signing copies of her book: Hine and the Tohunga Portal, which is short-listed for the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book award.

Hine and her brother Hōhepa are plunged into a world of magical creatures, where generational family bonds thread across time. A well-crafted and thrilling debut novel, combing an action-packed adventure with a rich backdrop of te reo Māori and Māoritanga woven seamlessly throughout and made effortlessly accessible to all.

Craniums Whangārei will have copies of Hine and the Tohunga Portal  available for sale: $25 each, cash or Internet banking.

Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman (Tapuika, Ngāpuhi) is a writer of essays, poetry and articles. She is the Editor at The Pantograph Punch and creator of Awa Wahine. Ataria has a Master of Arts in Māori Studies and spent a year researching mana wahine and atua wāhine as well as interviewing Māori women about their experiences with atua wāhine. The manuscript for her children's fiction novel Hine and the Tohunga Portal was one of five selected for Te Papa Tupu in 2018. She has self-published a collection of writings by wāhine Māori on the atua wāhine and has a printed magazine for Awa Wahine coming out soon.


  • Sunday, 14 August 2022 | 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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