Pania is a creature of the sea, but she is fascinated by the land. She falls in love with a young chief who tries to make her stay on shore. The is the legend of how Pania became the Reef that today lies off the coast of Napier.
Peter Gossage is the storyteller and illustrator of many published works, including myths such as Hinemoa and Tutanekai and Pania of the Reef. His distinctive artistic style is loved by adults and children alike, and his retelling of old and interesting myths is done in such a way that they are easily accessible to readers of many ages. Peter lives in Auckland.