Friday, 5 April 2013

Kids’ Lit Quiz Wellington Leg 5.4.13 and launch of ANZAC Day: the New Zealand story


Kids' Lit Quiz, Wellington 5.4.13
Today I was one of the ‘markers’ for the Wellington Leg of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. I have lost count of how many I have attended but this must be one of the best. The event was superbly organised by Judy Munro, the librarian at Papakowhai School where the quiz was held. Wayne Mills, Quizmaster, was, in spite of having lost a front tooth in an encounter with a hard pizza over Easter, his usual ebullient self, keeping the participants of around 160 10-12 year olds from the Wellington region on their toes and eager right to the last question. Wayne manages to always make his questions about the whole world of children’s literature, even after all these years, fresh and entertaining. 
The winners, the Marsden School B team, will participate again at the National Finals to be held at The Beehive, Wellington in June.
Second was the Marsden A team and Scots College came in third.  And very close behind came Northland School, Evans Bay Intermediate, Mt Cook School and Raroa Intermediate.   The school that wins in June will be off overseas to the UK for the International Finals. 

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The Winners with Wayne Mills

And from the same school – the second place winners. 
Unfortunately the Scots College team had moved off before I had a chance to photo them.

 Book Launch Kilbirnie 4.4.13
It’s been 48 hours of book related activities because last night I went out to the Children’s Bookshop at Kilbirnie to the Wellington launch of Philippa Werry’s great new book, ANZAC Day, the New Zealand story.   
(See the review on this Blog on March 23rd.) All the speakers had so much to say in praise of the book – words that I am sure will be repeated at the Auckland launch next week when the publisher of the title, New Holland, will be there.

 Pippa talking about her book to Maggie Rainey-Smith, Chair of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.  

Among the guests who had gathered to wish Pippa well with the book was Adele Jackson from Wellington who designed the stunning header for this Blog. 

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