The Taranaki forest is changing and kokako are finding it difficult to get food and protect their chicks. Rats and possums are raiding nests, taking chicks and eggs, and the kokako Tamanui has lost his brothers and sisters. In the quiet forest, he hears a kokako call, but flying towards it, he is caught in a net. Taken to Mount Bruce, he adapts to a new environment, raises chicks and becomes important in the survival of the kokako.
Based on a true story, Tamanui is displayed at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth. The book is also available in an English language edition
Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Maori Language 2016 and New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: HELL Children's Choice Te reo Maori 2016.