The Storylines National Festival Tour 2018-Te Matau ā Māui-Hawkes Bay

E hika! What an honour! To be invited on the Storylines National Festival Tour!

When Ngā Tae-Colours was chosen for the Stoylines Notable Book List 2017 we didn't really know where it would lead. But wawanei, I just returned from an action packed week of fun in Te Matau ā Māui-The Hawkes Bay!


As only one of us could attend on behalf of Reo Pēpi we sent our hāpu māmā Kitty Brown along to join 3 other creators; Tim Tipene, Sabrina Malcom and Heather Hunt and the wonderful Anne Dickson from Storylines as our tour manager!


Over the course of 5 days we visited 3 schools each per day, entertaining and inspiring an average of 50 students each, each session! It was a busy busy time :) We probably met around 200 tamariki throughout the week and 100 or so amazing Kaiako!

Our Reo Pēpi sessions were aimed at ECE and new entrants to Y4 students. With everyone enjoying a mixture of storytelling, games, waiata, prizes, kanikani and crazy, loud tamariki fuelled music! We visited big kura with 100's of students, libraries, kindies and country schools alike. We travelled the length and breadth of the Hawkes Bay-Ahuriri, Heretaunga, Havelock North, Waipukurau and many more!

We were hosted with great manaakitanga everywhere we went! Special thanks must go to the crew at Wardini's Books who made a right fuss of us! They invited us for a special homecooked dinner one night and hosted an Author Talk on another night at their Napier store. We felt very famous indeed!

One of the best highlights of the tour was the opportunity to spend so much time with likeminded people. It was a rare and special privilege to have the company of people also so engaged with children's literature for a whole week. Ka mihi mahana-warm, warm wishes to my tour whānau and to our extended whānaunga at Storylines Trust!