Author(s): Tania Roxborogh
Erica Tito had the perfect summer holiday planned. Then her father decided the whole family would pack up and join the protesters at Bastion Point in Auckland. No way! Instead of spending dreamy summer days training Silver, her horse, Erica and her family have to camp out in tents. At first everyone thinks the protest will be over quickly but, as weeks turn into months, it becomes clear that Erica will not be going home and, worse, may never see Silver again.
Through Erica's heartfelt diary entries we learn about the daily lives of the protesters, listen in on speeches and fiery confrontations between the protesters, Ngati Whatua elders, police and politicians. And we witness the distressing eviction of the occupiers - all described in the diary of a Maori girl previously unaware of race and land issues.
My New Zealand Story is a series of vividly imagined accounts of real life events, seen through the eyes of fictitious child diarists.
Esther Glen Award Junior Fiction - NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017