Learn about Stories in Action

Our history

Robin Kermode - Dip Ed., B.Ed, developed Stories in Action as an ecological initiative in 2013. Since then she has worked on several programmes, including being a Sustainable Hero, which has seen over two thousand young people participate in the programme.  

Robin published Let's Go Eels in 2016, which is a children’s book written to workshop in schools, ECE's and Kindergarten's. In 2017 she designed workshops around the book while creating two board games with the assistance of board game designers Julia Schiller and Ray Long.  The Level 1 game is Waterfall and Pipes (Ngā Waihīrere me ngā Kōrere) for 3-8 year olds, followed by the Me Haere Taua Tuna game for 8 years plus. 

The board game sessions are cloaked in drama to presence young people to the leaders of play they already are. Young people play the board games and become the kaiako (teachers) of board games for others in the workshops. At the end of every workshop when they have played they also plant. (We provide two pots with native seeds and plant these with the children at the end of the workshop.)

The book, the workshop and games are a must have for avid educators and readers alike committed to clean New Zealand rivers and a predator free New Zealand.

Robin Kermode, Stories in Action
Robin at Bowen Falls, Milford Sound

She loves exploring New Zealand’s taonga’s.

Why Stories in Action?

Our young people are natural leaders, Stories in Action is a tool to enhance young people’s leadership and partnership to all of us. We start with New Zealand river ecosystems, our book and games give young people the opportunity to discover the ecosystem and learn about the flora, fauna and endemic species that belong to it.

Who uses Stories in Action?

Our games, books and educational resources are for young people, adults, families, ECEs / kindergartens, and primary schools who care about New Zealand's natural environment and its future. They are for young people and adults eager to learn about retaining our endemic species in NZ, and those adults and young people who love to play.

Drawing on Māori taonga for the future

Ngā Uruora ~ small groups of trees without undergrowth

Many of our river wetlands have almost disappeared and have Ngā Uruora (small groups of trees without undergrowth). Nurturing these groups of trees to become bigger and more abundant is especially important for our longfin eel (tuna).  

Longfin eel (Tuna in Māori) numbers are declining and like the Haast Eagle they could easily become extinct. Wetlands around a river protect tuna, as it gives them cover when they travel, and provides shade from the heat. Longfin can travel! They make a 5000km journey to the south Fiji Basin once in their lifetime. 

Māori have connected with tuna and rivers for centuries.  It is time for us to use the Māori knowledge of centuries ago and save our longfin eels and our freshwater ecosystem. This means taking on “I am the river and the river is me. Ko au te awe. Ko te awe ko au”.

When we are the river we discover what works and what doesn’t work about us and our wetlands. We learn what gives us life, and what doesn’t. When we nurture the river it is a constant supply of food for our future generations.

It's time to assist NZ to become the first predator free country by 2050

Let's rid ourselves of pests and reinvigorate our lush landscape!

Young people have special abilities going into an imagined world, and they love nature. Stories in Action brings together young people's love of nature and their imagination to create a new world around our rivers and a pathway to NZ being predator free. Our Young People too are Ngā Uruora and growing to be leaders in the world, their world, their planet, it's their future.

Stories in Action provides you an opportunity to contribute to making our soils, land, rivers, and seas healthy again, and New Zealand becoming predator free.


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