The Big Read: Potiki by Patricia Grace. Find, read and pass it on!


This December we have a real treat for book lovers, centering around Patricia Grace’s iconic novel Potiki.

We have two ways you can celebrate and get involved with this outstanding novel, including unlimited download access to Potiki for everyone  from Wellington City Libraries or, if you are lucky, finding your own specially hidden copy.

We want to make this the biggest read in Aotearoa’s history…

For more details read on.

From TODAY until 21st December, Wellington City Libraries are offering unlimited downloads of Potiki eBooks! All you need to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to read Potiki is a valid library card. Click here to access your copy, available from 7 – 21 of December.

Our book fairies are also hiding physical copies of Patricia Grace’s Potiki around Wellington City and Porirua City. Just keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot a copy.

Since it was first published in 1986, local and international readers have been spellbound by Potiki. This captivating story follows the struggle to protect indigenous land against developers, who are threatening to destroy a community and a whole way of life.

So why not join Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts and Wellington City Libraries, with Penguin Random House New Zealand and take this opportunity to  read one of Aotearoa’s great novels: Potiki.

Find, read and pass it on!

Then you can  hear from the author herself at the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, 25 February – 20 March 2022.

Click here for more details of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of The Arts 

Overdrive cover Potiki, Patricia Grace (ebook)
Patricia Grace’s classic novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today. In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion – and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people’s struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief threatens to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn. Potiki won the New Zealand Book Awards in 1987. (Overdrive description)