Kia Ora! I’m Rochelle Connolley, and I’ve made Pūkeko House with my partner Stephanie O'Connor and we've made its' first two books in 2020! As an artist, I have always been inspired by New Zealand's native birds and lockdown gave me the opportunity to put that inspiration and my creativity to use, in the form of children's books!
Both books are full of Kiwiana items and they have information about 14 native birds in their stories. Our wildlife is unique and wonderful, we hope that these books encourage readers and listeners alike to care for them as much as we do. We'll also be translating the book into Te Reo Māori, donating 20 cents of each book sold to Tiritiri Matangi Island and hopefully giving away copies to our local schools and libraries! We are self-publishing using local NZ businesses to support the current climate.
Like what you hear? Read more about us both below!
Rochelle Connolley, Designer, Illustrator, & Creator of Pūkeko House
Rochelle Connolley is a big Kiwi kid based in Auckland, New Zealand. She works as a Graphic and Digital Designer by day and illustrates children’s books by night. Pūkeko’s present & Pūkeko’s pride are her first children’s books and the first books under her publishing company, Pukeko House. Her artwork is inspired by; nature, travel, friends, family and of course, beautiful New Zealand.
Stephanie O'Connor, Writer, Marketing Lead & Sales
Stephanie is a Children’s Book and Young Adult fiction writer. Having studied English literature throughout school and college, her love for writing began at a young age. Stephanie mainly writes children’s books about Mental & Physical impairments. Pūkekos present will be one of her first children’s books published in New Zealand and she can’t wait for you to read it!