Once Upon an Island Story Centre

March 13, 2009

Easter Holidays at the Story Centre

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Good Friday 9th April 10 – 12noon

Easter Egg-citement Workshop

Cost $20 Ages 6+

Join us for an egg-citing morning of egg-tales, games and crafts. Make your own traditional Easter Egg for the Tree of Life.

Easter Saturday 10th April 2 – 4pm

Mardi Gras Workshop

Cost $20 Ages 6+

Come and experience the colour, music and delight of the Mardi Gras. Mask making, stories, games and to finish off a procession.

Easter Sunday 11th April 10am – Performance and Easter Egg Hunt

The Fairytale Tree.

Suitable for all ages. $20 per family $5 per person

“ If you take an egg and listen well, inside each egg is a story to tell.” A morning of egg -cellent storytelling.

Easter Monday 12th April

Autumn Leaves Stories

Cost $20 Ages 6+

Share seasonal stories and make your own wax dipped autumn leaf decoration.

Tuesday 13th April 10am & 11.15

An Elephant’s Egg

Cost $10 A special story, movement and craft session for 3 – 5 year olds (45 min)

Wednesday 14th April 10 – 3pm

Fairy for a Day

Cost $40 Ages 6+

Enroll in Fairy School for the day. Make a wand, concoct your own magic spell and much more. A fairy fun day.

Thursday 15th April 10 – 12 noon

Clay Tales

Cost $20 Ages 6+

A hands on day of stories and clay building.

Friday 16th April 10 – 12 noon

Seasonal Soup

Cost $20 Ages 6+

Sing soup, play soup, make and eat soup. Ladles of story surprises and activities….and soup.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PHONE: 021 2963149 or email storycentre@gmail.com


February 23, 2009

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Programme of Classes and Events March – April 2009

Fridays commencing 6th March

Stories Alive 10 am and 2pm

A five week course of stories, movement, drama, music and art.

Suitable for three to five year olds. Cost $50.

Places for Thinking 3pm

A five week course in creative thinking and philosophy for children five to seven years.

Cost $50

Drama – rama 4pm

A five week course in process based drama for five to seven year olds. Cost $50.

Thursdays commencing 5th March

Storytelling Workshop for Adults

We come to understand ourselves and the world we live in through story. Come and explore, find and tell your story – be you a parent, educator, grandparent or accountant. Every one has a story or two… Workshop facilitator Tanya Batt. Cost $100

Wednesday 25th March 7 – 9pm

When Sex is the Story?

What are our stories around sexuality and how to they affect our children. An informative and important evening for parents of children 0-8 yrs  Cost $20

Easter Programme Friday 10th –17th April

The Fairytale Tree

Come and explore the traditions of Easter in the branches of the Fairytale Tree.

Details to follow http://www.OnceUponAnIsland.info

Bookings essential.

Places limited in workshops to 10 per session.

All sessions held at the Story Centre, Artworks Oneroa

storycentre@gmail.com or 0212963149


January 13, 2009

Summer 2009

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Story & Craft Programme

(Best suited to those aged 3.5 – 7 years Cost $5 per child)

Friday 2nd January 11am Dear Greenpeace’ with NZ Illustrator Helen Bacon

Friday 9th January 11am Cork and the Bottle’ with NZ author Mark Sommerset

Friday 16th January 11am I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur’ with NZ Illustrator Helen Bacon

Friday 23rd January 11am Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ with NZ Illustrator Helen Bacon

Summer Holiday Programme : The Fabrics of Fairytale

26th – 30th January 10am – 12 noon

(For children 6 years plus Cost $20 per child)

Monday 26th Stories for the Chinese New Year – Collage an ox

Tuesday 27th The Crocodiles Blessing – Learn the art of tie dying

Wednesday 28th 10am and 11.15am Magic Carpet Adventure for Preschoolers

Thursday 29th The Tailors Button – Make a button book

Friday 30th The Story of Paper – Paper making workshop

Saturday 31st Paper Doll Princesses – Design and Make your own paper doll

Come in a make a ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ decoration.

Every Friday and Saturday in December.

Closed Friday 26th & Saturday 27th December

Story centre’s 2nd Birthday & Summer Solstice

Free event for all ages.

Sunday 21st December 10 – 12noon

Storytelling, games, sunflower craft and food.

Workshop bookings essential. Phone: 0212963149 or email storycentre@gmail.com

September 15, 2008

Puppet Extravanganza

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 29th Sept – 4th Oct 2008.

Monday 29th September 10 – 12pm


Come along and make you own bat stick puppet and create a flappy puppet performance.

Tuesday 30th September 10am & 11.15am


A special puppet-making and performing session for early childhood.

A caregiver must attend.

Wednesday 1st October 10 – 12pm


Experience the magic of shadow puppetry. Make you own puppets and learn to manipulate them for performance.

Thursday 2nd October 10 – 12pm


Make you own fabulous dragon rod puppet and bring it to life!

Friday 3rd October 10 – 12pm

SOCK PUPPETS (workshop)

Let your smelly socks talk and walk! Make and perform with your own sock puppet.

Ages 6yrs+ $20 Materials included

Saturday 4th October 11am and 2pm


Join Tanya Batt and Helen Bacon for a righteous romp through the classic tale of Jack and his magic beans.A puppet show for the whole family.

Cost $5 per person $20 Family

· All workshop prices include materials and morning tea.

· BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone 372 4333 or email storycentre@gmail.com

June 28, 2008

Medieval Mayhem July School Holiday Programme 2008

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Join us for some medieval mayhem at the story centre these holidays

Monday 14th July – Morning in a Monastery

10 – 12pm $20 (includes materials)

Through art, games and story learn about life in a medieval monastery and make your very own candle to take home with you. Workshop held in con junction with Heartsong Retreat.

Tuesday 15th July – Knight for a Day

10 –2pm Cost $45 (includes lunch)

Enroll in Knight School and join the round table of Waiheke. Lessons in heraldry, chivalry, sword play and much more. A ‘real’ medieval knight will be giving lessons in armor & weaponry & ‘knighting’ able squires at the end of the and day.

Wednesday 16th July – Herbs and Potions

10 – 12pm Cost $20 (includes materials)

Palsy, bruises, coughs and itches. Come and learn about the art of apothecary through story, games and art. Make your own medieval herbal creation. Workshop held in conjunction with Waiheke Blue.

Thursday 17th July – Green Outlaws

10 – 12pm Cost $20

Join the Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws for games, stories and art activities.

Friday 18th July – The King’s Jester

10am & 11.15am Cost $10

A special programme for 3—5 year olds. Come and meet the King’s Jester. He has a right royal problem and needs yours help. An action packed session of music, movement and storytelling.

Saturday 19th July – Medieval Banquet @ Stefano’s

5 – 7pm Adults $35 Children $22

Knights, ladies, outlaws, peasants and priests. Come and join us for an evening of family fun with the grand finale Medieval Feast at Stefano’s. Price includes a delicious set meal and medieval entertainment by Steve Hollins and Tanya Batt.

Bookings phone Stefano’s : 372 5309


May 6, 2008

Once Upon An Island Waiheke Festival of Story 30 May – 2 June 2008

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One, two, three, four, five.. story island comes alive over the Queen’s birthday weekend – 30th May – 2nd June 2008 with the 5th Once Upon An Island Waiheke Festival of Story. We have tellers traveling from near and far with their sacks of stories. Cathy Spagnoli joins us from the States, Festival favourites Peter and Mary Kippenberger will be arriving from Hawkes Bay and they’ll be joined by a host of on island talent – Emmet Michael Kennedy, Steve Hollins, Tanya Batt and from the ‘Orc – land’ comes musician Craig Denham.

With exhibitions, markets, concerts, quests, puppets, workshops, film and adventures into the subterranean worlds you’ll not be short of a story. Come listen to a story, dance a story, sing a story, explore a story – just make sure you’re part of this story.

Friday 30th May

6pm Opening of the Fairytale Village

Waiheke Community Art Gallery


This year the festival celebrates its Italian connections and the invitation for Waiheke to join a network of Fairytale Towns, with the creation of an art installation of the ‘Fairytale Village’. Local artists from the Red Shed Collective will be contributing pieces on a fairytale theme to this project and the event celebrated as a ‘Masquerade Ball’ with a dance performance by Other World Productions. Dress up and come celebrate the opening of the 5th Once Upon An Island Festival of Story.

7 – 8pm Night Market – Artworks Courtyard

An interactive market whose currency is the fairytale. Bring your purse of golden coins to shop at Jack’s Magic Seed Shop, have your fortune told or nibble from the Witches Gingerbread bakery!

8 – 9pm Family Concert – Artworks Theatre

Come and meet this year’s fabulous line up of storytellers, musicians and performers with a rousing opening by the Tamashii Taiko Japanese drum group.

Featuring: Cathy Spagnoli (USA), Peter Charlton Jones and Mary Kippenberger (NZ), Emmet Michael Kennedy (Ireland), Tanya Batt (NZ) and Craig Denham (NZ).

9pm Lantern procession

“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” ! Oneroa will light up with a procession of lanterns made by the primary school aged children of the island.

Saturday 31st May

10am The Great Story Olympics

Ostend Markets with Synergy Gym

$2 per race

Ready for a story workout? Chase Dianna for her golden apple, form a team to run the ugly sisters drag relay, fend off the troll and complete the twelve tasks of Hercules. A highly interactive and sweaty storytelling session.

12 – 1.30pm Puppets and Pizza – Stefano’s Pizzeria

Adults $20 Children $15 (includes lunch)

Continuing our celebration of the ‘Italian connection’ join us for a set lunch at Stefano’s for the most animated meal of the month with Zero the puppeteer and ‘Stone Soup’.

Special Menu included in ticket price

Children: A drink and ½ a pizza (margarita)

Adults: Soft drink or house red/white wine and a choice of 3 pizzas – Tonno, Vegetarian or Ham

2pm 3pm & 4pm The Story Quest

Fossil Bay Farm

Cost $15 per family

A special interactive storytelling session for children aged 3 – 7 years and their caregivers. A chance to ‘be the story’. Come and meet the challenge.

7pm Out Foxed -Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups

Goldwater Estate

$75 (includes three course meal)

Join Tanya Batt and musician Craig Denham for an evening of vixen vice. Inspired by the Japanese Kitsune, Tanya will lead you down the dark tunnel of story. An evening of top class food, wine and entertainment, held on one of NZ’s most prestigious vineyards.

Sunday 1st March

10 – 4pm Artworks with Story

Artworks Complex

A day of integrated arts and story held through out the Artworks complex. Workshops, visiting authors, a ‘Fairytale Film Festival’, performances and the very popular ‘Story Quiz’. The Waiheke High School’s Story Film Project will premiere at this event.

Artworks with Story Workshops

Animation Workshop 10am – 12noon


$10 Ages 10+

Create your own characters and story and make them come to life as Matty Wilson from Animators Ink guides you through the process of creating your own animation.

‘Josefa and the Vu’ – Ancestors Workshop 10am – 12noon

Story Centre

$10 Ages 8+

New Zealand author Tulia Thompson will be visiting the island to share her wonderful novel and lead participants through a workshop where they imagine their own mythological ancestors.

Sounds like a Story 10am – 12noon

Whittakers Music Museum

$10 Ages 6+

Musicians Craig Denham and Pete Charlton Jones will be joined by the effervescent Mary Kippenberger for musical mayhem and mirth. Find the music to your story.

Beginners Storytelling 10am – 12noon

Waiheke Community Library

$20 Adult workshop

Join world class American storyteller Cathy Spagnoli for an introductory storytelling workshop for adults. Participants will explore the use of voice, gesture, language and props in storytelling for any age, and explore the range of storytelling materials, from family stories to original tales. Tips on shaping and telling are then shared in this active workshop.

Recycle-rella 10am – 12noon

Waster Resource Centre

$10 Ages 6+

Come exercise your imagination and creative talents by designing some fancy foot wear using recycled materials and 2nd hand shoes with the Junk to Funk Team. You shall have a ball!

Croatian Tales of Long Ago 10am & 11am

Waiheke Community Cinema

This mini animation film festival runs through out the Festival weekend, featuring the stories of Croatia’s own Hans Christian Anderson, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, animated by a team of international animators. Featured in over 25 film festivals around the world, these animated tales uniquely marry the ancient world of storytelling to that of digital media.

General Programme

12 noon Box of Foxes Storytelling CD Launch (Theatre)

Prick up your ears and celebrate the launch of Tanya Batt and Craig Denham’s latest storytelling album.

1pm Spicy stories from India (Adjaz)

2pm Once Upon OUR Island

Waiheke High School Digital Media Premiere (Theatre)

3pm Storytelling Quiz (Library)

Register your team of four and be into win story prizes.


Sallie-Ann Stone and her students ‘Dance Upon a Time’

Story Centre

Readings and performances given through out the afternoon by guest storytellers/authors.

The Great Sleep Over 6pm

Piritahi Marae


All are invited to snuggle down for an evening of storytelling and music on the Piritahi Marae. Nutritious supper and breakfast catered by Bevan Khan and storytelling by top New Zealand and overseas tellers. This event is generously supported by “It Takes An Island To Care – Te Rito Strategy” – Piritahi Hau Ora.

Monday 2nd June

A Mid Winter Christmas

Stony Batter Tunnels

12noon 1pm 2pm & 3pm

By far the most popular event on the storytelling calendar. Come and join us in the subterranean world of stories for a mid winter Italian Christmas with ‘La Befana’, the Christmas Witch and Pinocchio.


Waiheke Cinema

This mini animation film festival runs through out the Festival weekend, featuring the stories of Croatia’s own Hans Christian Anderson, Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, animated by a team of international animators. Featured in over 25 film festivals around the world, these animated tales uniquely marry the ancient world of storytelling to that of digital media.


Friday 30th May 7.00pm (25minutes) $2

Saturday 31st May 10.30am (90 minutes) $5

Sunday 1st June 10am (40 minutes) & 11am (50 minutes) $2

Monday 2nd June 10.30am (90minutes) $5


Support this years Festival by purchasing some of our fabulous festival merchandise. We have T- Shirts, art cards and badges featuring the fabulous artwork of NZ illustrator Helen Bacon.

‘Tell me a Story’ Sweat Shop Free Childrens T-Shirts $20

Colours red, green and orange

‘Tell me a Story’ Sweat Shop Free Adult T-Shirts $30

Colours black, white and aqua

Pack of Eight Greeting Cards Artwork by Helen Bacon $20

Island of Story Festival Badges $3


$2 each or three for $5

Buy your tickets to win

1st Prize

Original Artwork by Helen Bacon and limited edition Festival T-Shirt

2nd Prize

Bumper pack of books and CDs by Festival Performers

3rd Prize

Stribor’s Forrest Flash Animation Pack


or from the Story Centre

Email: storycentre@gmail.com

Events will sell out so be in quick

April 7, 2008

Spring into Autumn

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School Holiday Programme at the Story Centre

30thAprl -4th May

Spring into Autumn and celebrate both the season and the history of this months traditions. Faeries, May Queens, Green Men and May Pole dancing – join us for a host of stories that explore and celebrate the topsy turvy world we live in. Bookings essential.

Wednesday 30th April 10.30am ‘Faery Strange’ Cost $10

(Workshop Ages 5 years +)

Today is our seasonal Halloween and marks the time when the veil between our world and those of the unseen worlds is at its thinnest. Come and explore the stories and traditions of the old faery folk – who knows maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see the Faery Queen,

Thursday 1st May 10.30am Green Men and May Queens. Cost $10

(Workshop Ages 5 years +)

Come and join us in celebrating the traditions of May Day. Make a green man mask, or May Queen crown and dance the may pole.

Friday 2nd May 9.30am & 11am Growing, growing…gone. Cost $10

(Workshop 3 – 5 years)

A special seasonal storytelling and integrated arts workshop for preschoolers.

Saturday 3rd May 2pm Seasonal Stories Cost $10

(Workshop Ages 5 years )

Come and listen to stories that explore the traditions and customs surrounding Autumn and make your own seasonal decorations.

Sunday 4th May NO SEKKU TANGU Japanese Boys Day/Childrens Day

(All ages) Cost $20 per family $5 per person

Come and listen to stories from Japan and learn about the traditions associated with the traditions of Boy’s Day and National Children’s Day in Japan.

All workshops are limited to 12 children. In the event of a workshop filling if there are sufficient numbers the workshop will be repeated at 2pm that day. Phone 372 4333 or email Tanya@imagined-worlds.net

March 7, 2008

Easter Holiday Programme

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Hopping EggsHopping Eggs …

it’s going to egg-citing at the Story Centre this Easter

Good Friday 10.30am – 11.45am The Easter Tree

Come and learn about Easter Traditions from around the world, make a real Easter egg and decorate the Easter Tree. Suitable for children 5 years plus. Cost $10.

22nd Easter Saturday 10.30am – 11.45am The Easter Tree

Come and learn about Easter Traditions from around the world, make a real Easter egg and decorate the Easter Tree.

23rd Easter Sunday 10.30am – 12noon ‘Hopping Eggs’

Don your Easter bonnet and join Ms Funny, the Easter Bunny’s Personal egg-sistant for Easter story adventures.Come help save Easter. A morning of crazy antics, disco hits and of course Easter eggs. Cost $15 per family $5 per child $10 Adult

10.30am – 11.00am Easter Activities

11.00am – 11.45am Storytelling

11.45am – Easter Hunt

24th Easter Monday 10.30am – 11.30am Easter for Preschooler

A special session for 3—5 year olds to celebrate Easter with music, story and art.

Bookings phone 372 4333 or 021 4 32379 or email tanya@imagined-worlds.net

* Places in workshops are limited to 12. Bookings essential


January 10, 2008

Summer Holiday Programme 2008

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A Box of Foxes

Workshops for children in Japanese Story.

Recently returned from her winter in Japan, Tanya Batt invites you to ‘cool off’ this summer with stories and surprises from Japan. Come explore the fascinating realm of Japanese mythology and folklore through music, movement, story and art.A small Japanese snack will be served at the end of each workshop.Workshops last for 75 minutes & are best suited for those 5- 12 years of age.Cost $10. Places limited.

Wed 23rd Jan 10.30am Foxy Tales – Storytelling and Origami(Cost $10)
Foxes or ‘kitsune’ as they are called in Japan, occupy a fascinating place in the mythological world. They are both shape shifters and the messengers of Inari, the God of Rice. Come and share fox stories and learn to make an origami fox.

Thurs 24th Jan 10.30am Tricksters of Japan and mask making(Cost $10)
From the ogre like Oni, to the long nosed Tengu and much loved Tanuki – all of these characters are well known tricksters in traditional Japanese folktales. Explore the world of Japanese goblins and ghouls and have a go at making your own.

Friday 25th Jan 10.30am Kamishibai – Storytelling and Art(Cost $10)
The paper theatre of the Kamishibai was a favourite form of street storytelling in the 1920 – 30’s in Japan. Much loved by children, the Kamishibai player would arrive in the village on his bike with the promise of stories and sweets. Come and listen to a kamishibai story and help make one of your own.

Saturday 26th Jan 2.00pm Stone Gods – Storytelling and Art(Cost $10)
The stone statues so often sited in Japan are known as the Jizo. They are the guardians of children, travelers and pregnant women. Listen to the famous Japanese New Year Folktale of the Jizo and create a Jizo of your own.

Sunday 27th Jan 11.00am Sunday of Storytelling – Kamishibai (Cost $5)
Summer is the time for outdoors storytelling. Bring your hat and something to sit on for bicycled storytelling in the Artworks courtyard. (in the even of rain the storytelling will take place in the Story Centre).

Wed 30th 10.30am Japan for Preschoolers (3 &4 years)(Cost $10)
A special session of Japanese stories for three and four year old. A fully interactive workshop in songs, movement and art.

Friday 1st Feb 10.30am Proper Princess Party(Cost $5)
In celebration of Tanya Batt’s book, ‘The Princess and White Bear King’ being released in paper back this summer, a proper princess party is being thrown. You are invited to dig out your most flouncy and frivolous frock for an after noon of pure nonsense and storytelling. Please bring a plate suitable for sharing at a princess tea party. Handsome Princes welcome at this right royal occasion.

Sunday 3rd Feb 11.00am Rat-a-tat-tat : Chinese New Year Stories (Cost $5)
February 7th marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rat. Come and hear the story of how the Chinese Horoscope came to be and what the Rat year holds in store!

Workshops are limited to 10 children per session. You are strongly encouraged to book to secure your place.

Super story Holiday offer:
Children attending 3 or more workshops are invited to attend a storytelling session free of charge and receive 10% off all purchases in the Story Centre.

Special price of $40 for entry to all workshops and performances.

All those making a booking go in the draw to win a surprise parcel of goodies from Japan.

For bookings Phone: 372 4333 or email tanya@imagined-worlds.net

January 7, 2008

Japanese New Year

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