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Otari Event 12th and 13th March 2019

Arihia, from Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui- Greater Wellington
organised by Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui- Greater Wellington, included an outdoor pollination game.

Arihia (pictured) worked on a version, based on Flight of Pollen. With the able assistance of the Otari School Bush Guides, over the two days, and with students from 8 schools, we played it a total of 14 times.

Showing great persistence, the Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui Facilitors, have been working (with me), on a LARP (Live Action Role Play) version of the game, for quite a while.

We played at Otari Wiltons Bush, on the Troup lawn. Surrounding the lawn is a botannical ‘zoo’ containing the forest that once covered much of Wellington. Only one percent of native forest remains on the Wellington peninsula.
and half of that surrounded us(!)

While we ‘pollinated’ on the lawn, flying insects checked us out. And, as part of the event, students also saw pollen and gecko skin under microscope.

Feedback from students and teachers: ‘ I didn’t know that pollinators had to work so hard!’, ‘fun’, ‘exciting’, and ‘let’s play it back at school’

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Counter Culture, next event

because it’s a great place to play games! And because it’s the beginning of the school holidays. . .
Sunday 30 September 1-4pm
$5 entry (food and drink available for purchase)
We’re playing Flight of Pollen with KCC (Kiwi Conservation Club) 10 years++. But there’s plenty of games there for all ages!!
Please RSVP to me on the contact form, so we have an idea of numbers. All welcome. Come, seed our forest anew!
Counter Culture Board Game Cafe
211 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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at the NZAEE conference

Me as weather-controller in Flight of Pollen
Anneke picking up and dropping of Pollen
Predators have ravaged Ben’s Cloak (right)

Cloak building at Zealandia

in April, environmental educators gathered in Wellington for the annual NZAEE conference. On the Thursday evening, while some went off on a night-tour of Zealandia (and saw kiwi) we played games! Kakariki Games.

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let’s pollinate. Flight of Pollen
OR share (for those of you who already can-do)


Otari-Wilton’s Bush Information Centre, WELLINGTON
SUNDAY 15 April 2pm

Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, KAPITI COAST
TUESDAY 17 April 1pm

Zealandia (for attendees of NZAEE Conference ONLY)
THURSDAY 19 April 8.30pm

Stonefields, AUCKLAND (contact me for more details)
SUNDAY 29 April 2pm

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Under the Story Tree

We’d love to see you under the Story Tree, says Tanya Batt, at Whakanewha Regional Park, for our January environmental storytelling programme.

Tanya and her cohorts were testers for Flight of Pollen. I’ve just done a quick trip back to Waiheke Island to play the finished game with her. There I was treated like a queen – even sleeping in her big red story bus!

The world of insects & other things that creep & leap; we’re going on a bug hunt; pollinator power; day wings, night sings; what’s the buzz; meet me under the story tree; creep, crawl – dance & sing

That’s the pollinator programme that will be under the story tree on Waiheke Island this January.

To make a booking email

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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.