Last week, our talented musical team of Stacy Walker (vocals) and Caleb Driver (musical engineer, guitarist and harmonist) came together to record the voice tracks for our two new Te Reo Singalong books due to be released in February 2018. We can’t wait to share them with you soon!
Earlier this week, Stuff.co.nz published an article about how shortening place names – especially Māori names – can be disrespectful. Personally, I’m thrilled someone has finally spoken up about this practise.
If you’re a fan of Te Reo Singalong books, you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t published any new books lately. Actually, it’s been more than a year! Apologies about that – but I’m sure the new books we have just published will be well worth the wait. The delivery truck arrived today!
We are very excited to have four of our Te Reo Singalong books available in NZ Sign Language now! The best part is that we received funding for the project from the NZ Sign Language Board and lots of help from the people at Kelston Deaf Education Centre – which means the videos of those four books in sign language are free to watch and use.
We love touring with our Te Reo Singalong shows – and our recent trip to Southland was no exception. Usually my husband Alan and I do the shows together. But this time, I broke my ankle a couple of days before we were due to fly to Queenstown. Luckily, our daughter Sophie was able to fill in for me!
We have just returned from our first overseas trip with Te Reo Singalong books. We were part of the PANZ (Publishing Association of NZ) stand at the Taipei International Book Exhibition, thanks to some very generous funding help from Education New Zealand. During our time in Taiwan, we met with other educational publishers, talked about the possibilities of publishing our books in other languages, and performed our Te Reo Singalong show.
This week it’s been wonderful to share some Waitangi celebrations with children and teachers in early childhood centres. This morning I shared our Waitangi book and song over Skype with a centre in Auckland. Yesterday I visited a centre in Hamilton to be part of their Waitangi celebrations.
This week I’ve been actively pursuing my New Year’s resolution by being filmed for a Māori Television programme called Ōpaki. If you haven’t heard of it, I recommend watching a few episodes – and not just because I’m going to be on the show! It’s actually a great way to upskill in te reo….