May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

One Day a Taniwha now available on iTunes!

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Aunty Bea’s legendary song “One Day a Taniwha” which was launched as one of the most beautifully illustrated books we’ve ever seen last year has just gone digital. “One Day a Taniwha” can now be accessed around the world on iTunes.

If you have an iPhone or iPad then you can down load this iconic story, written, narrated and sung by Aunty Bea. Run your finger along the text to hear the story. Tap on a word in another language and spell it out. Put a finger on the word and a voice will say the word. On the drop down menu a colour palette comes up and a child can change the colours with their finger and paint images on the touch screen. Sing along or turn off the sound and record your own sound.

A valuable tool for learning to read and to learn another language and only costs $4.99.

About Aunty Bea

Born in Rotorua on 11 September 1939, a proud Te Arawa descendant, nurtured in Mourea beside the Ohau Channel. Beatrice (also known as Aunty Bea) is very proud of her Maori, Scottish, Irish and Fijian Indian ancestry.

In the 1970s Beatrice was invited to become the first Maori itinerant teacher in the Rotorua region introducing te reo to the children of Rotorua. There were few resources for this new position but with the help of her year nine Maori studies students from Rotorua Lakes High School, she produced her own colourful literacy and numeracy Te Reo Maori resources. Her mission was to teach good, basic, simple and solid Te Reo Maori so as to encourage tamariki to enjoy learning their beautiful language. Aunty Bea acknowledges with aroha the tamariki, Kaiako, tumuaki, whanau and hoa for all their manaaki, tautoko and awhi. 2010 marks her 50th year in the teaching service. The Ihenga Charitable Trust was formed to publish and market her series of books which Aunty Bea has created.

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