Wednesday, 3 December 2008

KPE Episode 202: "Seadog"

"Seadog" by Dorothy Butler
Taiapa and Mokani have really enjoyed reading Seadog and recommend this tale of Old New Zealand to us. Dorothy Butler seems to like writing stories set in New Zealand over a 100 years ago and we learn lots about life for the early settlers from these books. Last year Kayla and Crystal entertained us with another one of her old tales, "By Jingo".
"Seadog" is set in the wild west coast of Waitakere in 1890. It tells the story of a 10 year old boy called Joseph who is disabled and what happens when a dog comes from the sea and befriends him. Joseph's family has settled by the sea at Karekare during the 1890s. One day, unable to scamper about the rocky outcrops with his brothers due to his disability, Joseph discovers a dog washed up on the beach, injured and exhausted but still alive. Josephs father reluctantly agrees that they may keep the dog until its wounds are healed but no longer. Joseph and his brothers set out to convince their father otherwise.

Let us know what you think of this story and life over 100 years ago...


  1. You two have done a great podcast my favourite part was when the family took the dog and took care of him that was very kind.

  2. wow! that was wonderful. You had lovely clear voices and also that looks like a very interesting book.
    well done!


  3. Hi Taiapa and Mokani

    Well done on completing your first podcast this year Taiapa. I know that you have posted a lot of comments on other people's podcasts, so it's great that you finally have a podcast of your own.

    Imagine what life in NZ was like over 100 years ago? There would have been no planes and less rubbish to recycle. Great story.

    Mrs Lagitupu

  4. you two are amazing at KPE you are very educated.

  5. bbpsr408.blogspot.com8 December 2008 at 12:27 PM

    It sounds like a great book we would like to read it.
    We gave you a big clap.

  6. Hi Taiapa and Mokani
    you two have done a great job with kpe. My favourite part was when they found the dog and then they took him and took care of him. That is so kind of them.

    From Tevita