Schools Programme

  • Gavin Bishop – Atua
    Time is TBD
    Lake Tekapo School & Twizel Area School
    Time is TBD
    Lake Tekapo School & Twizel Area School, Twizel, New Zealand
    Gavin Bishop is a highly acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator of more than 60 books, whose work ranges from original stories to retellings of Maori myths, European fairy stories, and nursery rhymes.

School Competition

Mackenzie Schools were invited to create art and prose for the festival.

Congratulations, Samu, Avita and Khuno for capturing the essence of the Mackenzie so well.


Hear Tekapo Primary School students read from their work on Monday 27 September at 1:30 pm in the school library.


Imagine the Karearea soaring over the vast undulating golden hills. Just imagine the clear blue sky filtering all the light that goes to the ground. I hear the chirping of the robust grasshopper while I land on a fence post, seeing the clear rolling golden hills. Tussocks covering hills. The black stilts fly across me hunting for fish in the translucent blue water. I see a dragonfly hovering over the water. I see koaro fish jumping and looking through the pristine body of water hunting for little fishes. The beautiful vistas inspire me. I glide through the clouds and see the motionless land growing for miles.

By Khuno D