Tane’s Team book to help Kaiko¯ura kids

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

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.

PHOTO: PAULA HULBURT/STUFF

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.

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