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Spoke'n Word - Waiheke to Wellington

Spoke'n Word - Waiheke to Wellington

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  • Mon 31 Jan ’11, 10:00am


Artworks Courtyard, Cnr Korora & Ocean View Roads, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Waiheke Island Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

This coming February storyteller and children's author, Tanya Batt, will be cycling from Waiheke to Wellington with her kamishibai storytelling theatre. She'll be visiting primary schools along the way to share and collect stories about cycling. Many of these stories will be included in a book to be released during Bike Wise Month the following year and intended for schools and general release.

The purpose of the ride in to encourage children to cycle and at the same time, raise funds for the Once Upon An Island Trust. At the heart of the Trust's work is story. Our projects have a local, national and international focus. One of our recent projects involves raising funds for a school for children of Trokosi women in Ghana (see the weblink provided). We believe that people become the stories they tell themselves. When we change those stories, we can change the world.

Tanya is committed to cycling a minimum of 500km of the 700km ride. A support vehicle will be used to cover areas where the main roads prove too dangerous to cycle.

The journey starts on Waiheke Island on 31 January and ends in Wellington at the end of the month. Tanya will stop at schools along the way in Auckland, Raglan, Kawhia, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Wanganui, Masterton, Carterton and Wellington.

This event will start in the Artworks Courtyard, Waiheke Island where there will be a workshop 10am - 12noon, mustering at 12.15 and a mass cycle ride down to the ferry at 12.30. Waiheke local board members will also be cycling.

Tuesday 1 February - Tanya will be accompanied by MP Nikki Kaye for a cycle to MOTAT. She will be performing at the History of Cycling exhibition 12noon - 12.30. Contact MOTAT for entry details.
Wednesday 2 February - Auckland mayor, Len Brown, will cycle in tandem with Cycle Auckland owner Megan Blank to accompany Tanya to Britomart.
Friday 4 February - Raglan School
Monday 7 February - Kawhia School
Wednesday 9 February - Welbourne School, New Plymouth
Thursday 10 February - Fitzroy School, New Plymouth
Friday 11 February - West End Primary School, New Plymouth
Saturday 12 February - Library - Puke Ariki, New Plymouth as part of the Wild West Bike Fest
Monday 14 February - Aranui Primary School, Wanganui
Monday 21 February - Carterton School, Carterton
Wednesday 23 February - Plateau School, Upper Hutt
Thursday 24 February - Randwick School, Lower Hutt
Friday 25 February - Wellington grand finale finishing at the marae, Te Papa - Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown will cycle in with Tanya and be accompanied by Wellington schoolchildren.

Libraries visited along the way will be at Feilding, Ashurst, Masterton.

Please support her.

If you would like to join Tanya and ride along some of the way please contact project manager Jenness Reeve - amreeve@xtra.co.nz.

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