Thursday, 22 August 2019


Author to share new book - Ka the Falcon

Author to share new book - Ka the Falcon

Tairua’s Bruce Gilberd is excited about the upcoming launch of his first children’s book, Ka the falcon. The book tells the story of the formation and settlement of New Zealand and in particular the Coromandel Peninsula and Tairua through the eyes of Ka, a New Zealand bush falcon.

Beautifully illustrated, the book draws attention to New Zealand’s endangered bush falcon, Karearea and to the many native species that have been lost to extinction. It acknowledges the human struggle towards fairness and peace and advocates sharing - taking only what we need from the earth and sea.

All are welcome to attend the official book launch, Thursday 13 November at the Tairua Library. Those attending will be treated to a reading of the book by its author, who hopes to have a falcon puppet on hand for children to direct any questions. The book’s price will be discounted at the launch.

Easy to read and with great graphics, the book delivers its message in a powerfully subtle and poetic way. Mr Gilberd intends Ka the Falcon to be educational for younger and older generations. He believes a grandfather could read it to his granddaughter and they both get something out of it.

Bruce is a retired Anglican bishop and the author of “Taproots for Transformation” - a dialogue on personal and social transformation and “Future Focus” - a work written to help people set their life aims. As he has matured, his reflective component has surfaced, he said. He now writes more from his heart than his head.

This is a book launch not to be missed. “I am Ka, the falcon. I fly high, see much, and recall all that my ancestors have told me of bygone days.”



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