Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou! Merry Christmas and all the best for what comes next!

Kia ora koutou!

We have had such a tino toritori year! Like many of you will be, we are wondering where the time went? Remember when we launched our 2nd series of pukapuka early on in 2017 in our very own city of literature! Here we are sharing a waiata with the fans :) at the launch. Remember how Kirsten made me wear that floral kimono?!

Rua went down very well with our audience and seemed to be a good news story for the media too! Kirsten and I were out there in The Herald, Kia Ora Magazine (pictured), Oh Baby, The Sapling, Little Treasures, Mana Magazine, Te Karaka and even Maori TV! Wū Wū! We had to reprint just a few months after publishing!

Te Puaka Matariki was a busy time for us creating resources for our Reo Pēpi Whānau to share and telling paki waitara-old stories to captivate imaginations :) Such fun!

We love getting together for hui-look out for our taua years! This year our mission was to get to Te Rito Maioha-The NZ Early Childhood Educators Conference. We had such an epic time connecting with our greatest champions-kaiako!

We always make a fuss and have a pāti for Te wiki o Te Reo Māori! This year we practised storytelling and waiata for weeks before visiting libraries to meet our Reo Pēpi audience kanohi ki te kanohi :) Of course Kirsten created a mīharo pungawerewere costume-she was very scary!

Here's our gorgeous kōtiro Mihiata who helped us with so much mahi this year. Including packing up this crate of pukapuka for whānau working with Brainwaves Trust.

A pīki highlight this year was creating a bilingual calendar with all the NZ dates and holidays in both English and Te Reo Māori! Our tino ataahua editor Kristin Jerram helped us suss all the right kupu. It felt really great to put out something we have always wanted to see available!

Heoi anō...So on it goes. Kirsten has been working on some sketches for development into illustrations for our upcoming third series-which we hope to launch in 2018! A sneaky piki below for you if you made it this far! Thanks for all your tautoko this year! Have a safe and Meri Kirihimete from all of us Reo Pēpi Whānau.