The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Directions to the Land of the Long White Cloud Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand and is usually translated as “land of the long white cloud”. Kia ora is a Māori greeting that is often used to say hello.

About the Writer

Kathryn Dove

Kathryn writes fiction and poetry for children. She enjoys the alchemy of poetry and seeing how a dash of imagination can transform ordinary life into something surprising and wonderful. She has lived in London and spent a summer working in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. Kathryn now lives with her family in Auckland, New Zealand.