James Matariki Waerea, of Maori descent, is a native of Aotearoa (New Zealand). He is a former schoolteacher, radio broadcaster, TV presenter, newspaper columnist and political cartoonist who also wrote and illustrated his first children's book in 1962. The book was later refined and published in 1978 as the classic story Pukunui. Thirty years later, Mr. Waerea is republishing updated versions of his four books about Pukunui's adventures as well as adding several new stories to the collection. His hope is to introduce Pukunui to a new generation of young readers all over the world.