Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand | Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa

Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador

Ben Brown, Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador, is  spreading a powerful message about the importance of reading, and of reading to your tamariki. In November he launched his Te Awhi Rito blog, with reflections on the power of story: https://natlib.govt.nz/blog/posts/the-power-of-story-reflections-from-our-reading-ambassador

He was also due to make a special address Te Pānui o Te Awhi Rito, scheduled for 2 December,but this has unbfortunately had to be cancelled, due to an accident. He is recovering well and will resume his Te Awhi Rito engagements as soon as possible. In the meantime, you might like to read Ben’s latest blog noted above, where he reflects on the importance of reading to children and sharing stories. An important message over the summer as readign often takes second place to outdoor and other activities.

If you have any questions about the cancelled pānui, please contact: reading-ambassador@dia.govt.nz.

While Ben is not presenting his  panui, a major promotional campaign he has developed, encouraging everyone to read to and with their tamariki andrangatahi, launched at the end of November.  It features a taupararpara that encapulates Ben’s philosophy about reading, and will appear on billboards and on postcards throughout the country over the summer. Watch our Te Awhi Rito page for details of these and other new initiaives, as well as the rescheduled pānui early next year.

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