I had a nightmare about spreadsheets last night. Gridlines slicing through the columns, wrapping so tight around my chest I couldn’t breathe – OK, it was really about getting details wrong for a whole school of shoebox kids, but the Google Sheets backdrop was freaky.

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Letter worth sharing: A quietly kept bellow, the power of patience

“I don’t like funerals, I’m not very good at waiting or being quiet.” Huhana: four years old. Dear Huhana and Kāhu o te Rangi, Huhana, from about 11am – 1.30pm yesterday, you weren’t allowed to talk. We were at your Great, Great, Uncle Jim Webber’s tangi. People were paying their respects, sharing their whakaaro/thoughts or […]

Re-reading my #nzwritersforum notes: “Every child is a poet until they’re 9. When we laugh at their made up words & the way they don’t follow convention, we tell them they’re not like us, not like the normal…kids developing voice is easy, maintaining it is hard” – John Marsden.

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“You can’t be what you can’t see… we need to see more brown-skinned faces in books.” Choice korero from Paula Morris & Anita Heiss – Author – same goes 4 authors names ON books. Dam Native showed me that as a Māori, I could rap. Patricia Grace showd me I could write stories. Do the things. #NZWritersForum

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Shoebox Christmas Shoebox Christmas exists to make sure every Kiwi kid gets the choice christmas they deserve. We work with low decile schools and ensure every kid at those schools gets a Christmas present. We don’t select particular kids from these schools, we’re not into pointing fingers or doing something that…

Kia ora team, The last round of Wellington Shoebox Christmas sign ups are open! This is for people who can’t make it to a school to drop off directly. If you’re signing up now, you will be making contact with a volunteer Sunday Sled driver instead – the Sunday Sled driver will pick up from […]

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