Friday, September 7, 2012

Meeting Tommy Kapai Wilson/Uncle Anzac

At assembly this morning we had a special visitor come. His name is Tommy Kapai Wilson. Many people know that he is an New Zealand Author and writes the well known Kapai Pukapuka (books). But on the books he’s Uncle Anzac. I guess you could say that’s his Author name.

He was brought up in a family of 11 kids! And he was one of them. One day he was told that he had a gift, and that gift was writing. As he grew older he had many different jobs. He was a dishwasher (his first ever job) a butler, a  magazine editor and more!

This morning he and his bro’s came to our school. While we were at the assembly he read us a book called ‘The Day I Met A Princess’. It is such a good book! There is one particular page in the book that has a very special meaning to his his family. Sorry but you’ll have to read the book for yourself to find what it is. Also he told us that war is dumb, everyone has a gift and if you make 10 people smile a day you’ll have a great life.

Anyway, I had the chance to meet Tommy himself. Well not really but some of the extension students had the chance to do a workshop with him. With our netbooks we started planning what our story would look like.

Firstly, the title: The Ancient Touchstone Of Pt England. We then planned what would be included. We planned 7 different things that we would have. After this we went outside to have a look around at some things we had included and where we could place the touchstone.

Meeting the Author of the Kapai books was a real pleasure for me. I have to say Kapai’s Kiwi Holiday is my personal favourite. Remember... War is dumb, everyone has a gift and if you make 10 people smile a day you’ll have a great life.

1 comment:

  1. I am a middle aged Pakeha, when I heard Tommy talking to Katherine Ryan on National Radio I was so impressed with his enthusiasm, energy and love for kids. How lucky we are to have amazing caring people like Tommy, he brings hope and love to lost children, provides a spark to light their inner candle. Everyone has that unlit candle in their being, we all have value, not obvious sometimes but if you look and listen it is there.


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