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in Taupo

Cloak of Protection. Taupo library.
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October. Friday morning was playing with environmental educators, Friday evening was the launch of Playing in Paradise lead by WonderWoman Jane Penton.

Jane and I have children (now adults) of the same age, and we’ve been friends ever since my daughter was one, and we were living in a caravan on a retreat centre (where I was studying), and it’d been raining for three days straight. . .and Jane picked us both up and has looked after us ever after.

Saturday afternoon was a game session at the Taupo library, ably organised by librarians Moira and Tracey. Big Thankyou to them! We had 20+ game players, and here’s a pic of two girls playing Cloak of Protection.

Sunday morning was a Flight of Pollen around the card table, with all the other people that wander into Jane’s life and home.

Then it was hot river – cold river – hot river – cold river, before home again home again jiggetty-jig.

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Taupo Library

Taupo District Library. SATURDAY Oct 28, 1-3.30pm.
If you’re in the area, please come play both my New Zealand environmental board games with me.
This is part of the Playing in Paradise exhibition in the Niven Room, at the Taupo Musuem, running Saturday 27 October – Monday 4 December. On display are artworks from Jane Penton, Laura Sue Bailey, Kanai Cowell and some of my early paper works and bird images.

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Lifting off with Kapanui School

Katie & Emily (from Kapanui School) playing with me at the Mahara Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly five years ago Kapanui School students in Matt Wynne’s class helped make the how-to-play video for Cloak of Protection. In the meantime a strong bond has been formed between myself and Wellington Enviroschools.

So when Flight of Pollen was nearly finished I, along with the local Enviroschools facilitator Amanda Dobson, returned to Matt Wynne’s class to make another video.

Making a video was different this time because the game was still in development. Class sessions were held, and students practiced the game. But watching the video is also watching seven students learn and play. It is to observe teams become more strategic as they move up each of the four levels.

The video was filmed and edited Paul Britten-Morby, Kaost Graphics. As he knew the students they were very relaxed about being filmed. And the ending has a surprise twist where, at their suggestion, a rule-change to the game is allowed.

Then Flight of Pollen was launched at the Mahara Gallery on Saturday 2nd September. Once again Matt’s Kapanui students were present, this time time to demonstrate and teach the game. Here also, the videos were played for the first time.

The plan is that students from this class, using Nga Manu as a base, will also teach the game to students at other schools. So carrying Flight of Pollen along.

As Emily Warner said, “This was a really fun game to play and I enjoyed collecting berries a lot. Can’t wait till another game is made!”

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the hairiness of moths

Here, seen through a window, is a very hairy moth.

The bigger the moth, the more the hairs, the larger the load of pollen it carries from flower to flower.

Aoteaora/New Zealand is a land of moths, so in Flight of Pollen there’s three: large hebe looper; zebra lichen; and cabbage tree.

All pick up and drop off pollen during the night.

As a child, as the evenings darkened at Lake Wakitipu, we’d turn on the lights and lamps.  Then in would come giant moths who’d circle the light, never ceasing as long as the light was on.

Who knew they were essential pollinators!?

 

 

 

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Pollination Illumination

Aubane concentrates on the tiles for Flight of Pollen

Yesterday, Sunday 3 September, was the launch of Bee Aware Month, at the Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botannic Gardens.

We had some great game sessions playing Flight of Pollen.

Aubane (pictured) said “Interesting. Because you’ve got to work your brain, but have fun at the same time!”

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Flight of Pollen launch

Emily, on the right, shows Katie how to play
Kahu & Ru learning Flight of Pollen

The environmental board game Flight of Pollen launched at the Mahara Gallery on Saturday 2 September.

Designer JiL Hemming (Otaki), illustrator Cushla McGaughey (Waikanae), and graphic designer Don Little (ex-Waikanae), were joined by players from Kapanui School to show-case the new game.

“It takes a village to make a game,” said JiL as she thanked Janet Bayly (director Mahara Gallery), plus pledgers, supporters, game-testers, and many others for their generosity and expertise.

Money toward printing costs was raised via the PledgeMe campaign plus with a generous grant from the Philipp Family Foundation.

The how-to-play videos, made by Kapanui School students, were also launched.