Arataki school celebrates local Authors new songbook

Updated: Oct 31, 2018

November 2 marks the date Rebecca Larsen local Papamoa Author/Illustrator and her

crew launch their second book Tāne Mahuta has a forest. Paper Plus Te Puke are to host

the event starting at 3.30pm, with the whole team including her publisher, Bill Honeybone

from Imagination Press attending to celebrate.

Kopukairoa the bilingual unit at Arataki School, Mount Maunganui perform Row, row, row your waka, November 2016
Kopukairoa the bilingual unit at Arataki School, Mount Maunganui perform Row, row, row your waka, November 2016

A special performance is also being planned by Tania Solomona, Deputy Principal and

Team leader for the Reo Rua/Bilingual classes at Arataki School. Kopukairoa is the

bilingual unit at Arataki School, and they became involved in the author's journey with her

first book Row, row, row your waka before it was published. Rebecca began working with

Tania for support with cultural aspects and the reo.

Tania invited Rebecca to share her story with the tamariki and they loved it. It inspired

many of the reluctant writers to write their own books. Rebecca explained the journey she

was going on, how she wrote the book for her own tamariki, how she drew the pictures,

what she had to do to find a publisher and of course she shared the book. The tamariki

were inspired, and they loved the book. Their reaction was quite amazing.

Kopukairoa is very proud to be involved in the launch of the second book and look forward

to again turning the song into a play. This term the tamariki are inquiring into how to share

their culture through performances, and this is a great opportunity for them to express that.

This time, the tamariki of Kopukairoa are included in the dedications, so that is quite

special. They love seeing their name in print. The tamariki are going to choose what roles

they want – backstage, actors, singers, narrators and the performance will be in front of

the whole school and whānau at the school hui on Friday 9, November.

Rebecca invites children, parents and grandparents to come along to one of her public

events where there will be the opportunity to learn the waiata, the actions and purchase an

author signed copy.

Friday 2 Nov 10.30am Te Puke Library

Friday 2 Nov 3.30pm Te Puke Paper Plus

Friday 9 Nov 3.30pm Papamoa Paper Plus

Tuesday 13 Nov 10.30am Tauranga Library

Thursday 15 Nov 10.30am Mount Maunganui Library

Wednesday 21 Nov 10.30am Greerton Library

Wednesday 28 Nov 10.30am Papamoa Library

Rebecca will be available for a few local school or pre-school visits. Get in touch with her

through her website or social media accounts. @authorrebeccalarsen or

#rowyourwaka #authorrebeccalarsen #tanemahuta #aratakischool

Cover story – Papamoa Chronicle, Nov 2018
Cover story – Papamoa Chronicle, Nov 2018