Ki­wis’ ad­ven­ture a learn­ing tool

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

The hol­i­day sea­son is quickly ap­proach­ing and a new chil­dren’s book could be in stores to help ease the strain of travel bore­dom.

Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents Ana Pater­son and Katy Hen­drikse started Kiwi Ex­plor­ers and are in the process of cre­at­ing a chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional book called Kippa the Kiwi’s Aotearoa Ad­ven­ture.

‘‘ The plan is to get it pub­lished even though we haven’t man­aged to get it pub­lished this year be­cause it is such a huge project,’’ Katy said. ‘‘ We are hop­ing to part­ner with a pub­lish­ing com­pany and carry it on through our uni­ver­sity years.’’

‘‘We came up with the idea of an ed­u­ca­tional chil­dren’s book de­pict­ing a jour­ney though New Zealand. We looked around and we wanted to do some­thing that filled a so­cial need but we wanted to make a profit as well.’’

The pair no­ticed a gap in the av­er­age New Zealan­der’s gen­eral knowl­edge and are us­ing the book to start fill­ing that gap from a young age.

The idea came about dur­ing the Lions Foun­da­tion Young En­ter­prise Scheme where they had to cre­ate a prod­uct and mar­ket busi­ness ideas.

Ana says they were re­quired to cre­ate their own busi­ness plan at the start of the year and meet dead­lines through­out the year.

The book will in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of fun, easy-to-read rhymes as well as facts and il­lus­tra­tions and is tar­geted to­wards pri­mary school-aged chil­dren.

KI­WIANA: Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents Ana Pater­son (left) and Katy Hen­drikse have cre­ated their own busi­ness and are de­vel­op­ing an ed­u­ca­tional chil­dren’s book called Kippa the Kiwi’s Aotearoa Ad­ven­ture.

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