Face of new kid's book goes back to school

"It's amazing and a dream come true"

Last updated 05:00 08/05/2014
Harper Huta

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Harper Huta was an instant celebrity when he rolled into his old school yesterday.

Huta, who is the face of Rob Tucker and Sue Bramwell's new book Where Does Gas Come From, returned to his old Hawera stomping ground to help promote the children's book.

Published by Tucker Media, it explains how the gas industry works told through a nine-year-old's eyes.

Speaking at Hawera Primary School, the now 10-year-old Huta answered every question thrown at him about the book making process and the gas industry itself.

"It's amazing and a dream come true," he said.

Now living in Australia, Huta said he didn't hesitate to come back to the South Taranaki town.

"I was like yes, yes, yes. Please, please, please."

Tucker said the book would help break down barriers between the industry and the general public.

"Energy has been the cornerstone of Taranaki's economy for 60 years, yet you could argue there is a lack of understanding about it," he said.

"This books aims to share the facts and inform through strong imagery."

This is the fifth book in his Where Does series and will be translated into four languages and shipped around the world.

Tucker said the book was a natural progression in the series.

"It's fascinating to learn how ‘rock doctors' identify where the underground gas is likely to be, bringing the gas to the surface and the subsequent technology that ends up safely transferring the gas into our homes and businesses," he said.

And what does Huta want to be when he grows up?

"When I was little I always wanted to be an actor or someone famous."

As if there was any doubt.

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