Once Upon an Island Story Centre

February 4, 2007

Programme of Events February – April 2007

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Sunday 11th 11.ooam & 1.00pm


Pig Stories to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Hear how the Chinese zodiac came to be and find out what animal is associated with your year of birth.

Cost $5.00 per person

Sunday 25th 10am- 12noon


A National Bike Week Event

Come decorate you bike and cycle helmet and have your bike blessed by Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists.

Unveiling of the bike rack sculpture by Waiheke metal artist Neil Hemens.

Hear the tale of Mulga Bill’s cycling craze.

Participation by koha.


Sunday 4th 10.00am-12.30pm

A Sea of Stories and the Mermaid Parade

Come dressed as creatures of the sea to celebrate National Children’s Day and Sea Week.

Make yourself a Maui dolphin or other favourite sea creature.

Storytelling @ 11.00am followed by procession at 12.30pm to Oneroa for Family Picnic

Participation by koha

Thursday 8th 11.00am

Madame Mermaid tells Tales.

Part of Sea Week Celebrations 2007

Inviting all Water babies and their parents to a special sea of stories for early childhood to celebrate Sea Week.

Free event. Bookings essential Phone 372 2220


Sunday 1st 10.00am – 4.00pm

International Children’s Book Day Celebrations.

Come meet NZ children’s authors and illustrators for a full day of workshops,activities and performances.


Book yourself into a story adventure these school holidays.

Details to follow.


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“There have been great societies that have not used the wheel but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

Ursula Le Guin

Inside the Story Centre

The Once Upon an Island Story Centre is an environment that celebrates stories and storytelling. It is the heartful creation of story-o-phile and frockoholic, Tanya Batt. It was opened on the Summer Solstice of 2006.The Centre is a unique venue combining retail, education and performance.

It is the headquarters of the ‘Once Upon an Island Waiheke Storytelling Festival’, held in June of each year over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

During the year the Centre hosts a number of public activities.

These include the monthly ‘Sunday of Stories’ and the ‘Imagined Worlds’ children’s workshops.

The centre can also be booked for birthday parties and other private functions.

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