Tane’s Team book to help Kaiko¯ura kids
A boy called Tane and his faithful dog are set to help children learn what to do in an earthquake.
The two book characters have been created by a team of entrepreneurial friends at Westmount School in Blenheim.
Their new book, titled A Shiver Shake Massive Earthquake, was initially written by the team in a bid to help their younger school friends.
They hope the book will be released in time to mark the first anniversary of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on November14 which struck near Kaiko¯ura.
The kind-hearted group, known as Tane’s Team, will also donate a dollar from every copy of the book sold to the Kaiko¯ura Earthquake Appeal.
Crawford Fisher, 18, and friends Glenn Beatson, 17, Regan Faulkner, 17, Amy Johnson, 17, and Renae Hamilton, 18, came up with the compassionate concept.
Crawford says younger children were especially affected by the huge quake.
‘‘It became apparent that the younger kids at school were struggling and every time there was an aftershock they just wanted their mums and dads. We wanted to help,’’ he says.
Tane’s Team is part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) which is geared towards inspiring young people to discover their potential in business.
The 44-page illustrated children’s book based on the Kaiko¯ura Earthquake has been months in the making.
They worked closely with Civil Defence to ensure the book taught the correct procedures.
Co-author Amy Johnson says the book was written to rhyme so it would capture children’s attention.
‘‘We don’t want people to forget about what happened and wanted to draw attention to it again.
‘‘Research showed us that children would take more information in and retain it if it rhymed,’’ she says.
Tane and his furry friend Rover are caught up in a big earthquake.
They are warned of a possible tsunami or ‘‘salami’’ as the main character thinks it is called.
Former All Black captain Richie McCaw and his helicopter also get a mention.
The duo are given sound advice and all turns out well in the end.
‘‘It is based on what happened in Kaiko¯ura and the illustrations show real places and houses, says group member Regan Faulkner.
The book should be available to buy for $25 from next month.
Copies can be bought at Paper Plus in Blenheim.
A book aimed at helping children cope with earthquakes has been published by Westmount School students, back left, Amy Johnson, 17, Glenn Beatson, 17, Regan Faulkner, 17 and Crawford Fisher, 18. Junior students, Maddox Williams, front left, and brother Zadock Williams have a look.