Taketakerau: The Millennium Tree

Marnie Anstis


  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013: Non-fiction finalist
  • Storylines Notable Books List 2013
  • NZ Listener 50 Best Children’s Books 2012
  • Ashton Wylie Children’s Book Award 2012: Highly commended (only prize given)
  • NZ Children’s Art House Foundation: ‘NZ Artist Most Contributing To Children’, awarded to Patricia Howitt for her illustrations in Taketakerau the Millennium Tree.

A child listens to Koro and Grandma as they weave a tale about the life and times of the ancient puriri tree Taketakerau, the settlement and development of New Zealand, and world events that happened over the last 2000 years.

Taketakerau still lives in a fine stand of native bush in the Hukutaia Domain, ten kilometres inland from Opotiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Illustrated by Patricia Howitt and Kelly Spencer.

SKU: 978-1-877577-68-0 Categories: , ,


This beautifully crafted book tells New Zealand’s story from over 2000 years. It cleverly aligns our growth as a country within the context of the world’s history. It is a multi layered resource that can be used with children and adults. Patricia Howitt’s stunning illustrations work in harmony with the text to tell our unique story.

“The Frankton staff are excited about using this amazing taonga in their classroom programmes. Comments from staff… “This is the book I’ve been waiting for!” “This book will be a constant in my classroom, I can see how to use it for teaching history, art, reading, writing, geography, Te Reo and Tikanga Maori – it has it all!””
— Principal Judy Dixon, Frankton Primary, Hamilton

A free audiobook is available on the BootsBooks website — or on Spotify, YouTube and from Wheelers audiobooks.

About the author

Marnie and her husband Peter live on a farm near the Hukutaia Domain.

Find more information about the book, author and artists at themillenniumtree.com

Additional information

Dimensions 210 × 270 mm