Once Upon an Island Story Centre

Tanya Batt

Tanya Batt

Story-o-phile and frock-o-holic Tanya Batt resides on the mythical isle of Waiheke, in the Hauraki Gulf, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The ‘Once Upon an Island’ Story Centre is her unique heartful creation. Dubbed the ‘story centre of the universe’, it is a physical space for the audible art of story making and telling. The Story Centre in the ‘HQ’ of the Once Upon an Island Waiheke Storytelling Festival, held in over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend of June every year.


  1. Hi Tanya – are you running a story session this sunday – Fathers Day…I thought my kiddies might like to go with their Daddy to hear you tell stories, if it’s on this weekend. Please let me know either by email or phone 0211121801. Cheers Yvonne

    Comment by yvonne — September 4, 2008 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  2. Tanya!! Greetings from Boston USA from the ex-singing-Dunn’s Hannah and her tribe. This place looks amazing, and if you weren’t the world away I would bring my boys by to see a real fairy!

    Come to the US to do a tour and we will host you in Boston ;-))

    Love Hannah Dan Somerled and Belenus xx

    Comment by Hannah Johnston — February 24, 2009 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  3. Hello there Tanya,
    I am a second year university student in my second year of primary school teaching. I am taking the drama paper and loving it. I have had the wonderful opportunity to review Imagined Worlds for a resource review and love your work. Seriously you have some great ideas and theories.
    Well I haven’t finished the review yet so better get back to it. Just thought I’d tell you that it’s great.

    Felicity Anne

    Comment by Felicty Anne — April 22, 2009 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  4. Greetings from by the roadside in the rain of Devonshire. I now have a fast link to the internet from the truck.

    I shall be thinking of how the threads interweave as the story unfolds…

    Comment by Francis — August 2, 2009 @ 3:19 am | Reply

  5. The story of Joe Strummer’s stone-alignment is on here somewhere.

    Comment by Francis — August 2, 2009 @ 3:23 am | Reply

  6. http://www.ivanmcbeth.com/

    it is there too, in case people can’t see the Flash pop-up when one mouses over my name

    Comment by Francis — August 2, 2009 @ 3:26 am | Reply

  7. Hello Tanya, I host the bFM kids show on Sunday mornings. A parent emailed in to tell me i should get in touch with you, and that your stories are fantastic! I would be interested in playing some of your stories on my show. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by Finn Ferrier — August 6, 2009 @ 7:47 am | Reply

    • Hi there Finn
      Thanks for your email. I hope you didn’t write it years ago as I have been overseas working and hadn’t thought to check the emails on this site. Such a cyber cluts!
      I’m now i Australia working but we could have a wee chat about paying the stories I have recorded – we are part way through the process of registering the albums with APRA or something like that and are well chuffed to have Air NZ site them for collection on their 2010 inflight entertainment. And BFM..well that’s a hat trick!
      How about we chat via my personal email which is tanya@imagined-worlds.net
      Look forward to hearing from you
      Kind wishes
      Look forward to hearing from you

      Comment by tanyabatt — September 7, 2009 @ 5:32 am | Reply

  8. Hi Tanya,

    all the way from the UK, and the dampness of an autumnal day in North Yorkshire!

    What an interesting site



    Comment by Antony — October 24, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  9. Hi Tanya,

    I was refered to yor website Derek from the Bike Shop in Raglan. According to him, you pedal from Waiheke Island to Wellington on your push-bike? I am in New Plymouth at the moment and I want to go to Wellington as well. Any tips on how to do the last strech of road by avoiding to use the SH1?


    Comment by Francis Bertrand — April 26, 2011 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

    • Hi there Francis

      Thanks for your email.
      It’s pretty difficult to get south of New Plymouth without hitting the state highway . I would well advise staying off it. I cycled from Inglewood to Strathford before giving up – just to dangerous on the bridges where there are no shoulders and huge fast moving trucks. We ended up carrying the bike through to Wanganui and cycling from there – lovely routes out the back of Wanganui to Marton and on through the Manawatu.
      Sorry can’t be of more help. Am in Russia, having a different kind of adventure.
      Happy pedaling.
      Kind wishes

      Comment by Tanya — April 27, 2011 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  10. hi

    Comment by rusolini — June 16, 2011 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  11. hi tanya its us the girls you saw on the ferry going from auckland to waiheke island and you gave us one pamflip and then we came back for one more

    Comment by francesca — May 24, 2012 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  12. Greetings Tanya,

    By way of introduction, I put together the big Domain concerts in Auckland…OPERA IN THE PARK, SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS, and now COCA-COLA CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK. With John Hawkesby and Bruce Plested, I am organising a Family Variety Concert at Pie Melon Bay on January 11, to raise funds to fight the Matiatia marina proposal.

    I wonder if you’d be interested in performing one or two pieces as part of this event? I’ve heard about something involving a ukelele and hula hoop?

    Kind regards, ALAN SMYTHE

    Comment by Alan Smythe — November 14, 2013 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

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