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Welcome to our newest Duffy schools joining or rejoining the programme in Term 1 2018:

Bunnythorpe School
Burnside Primary School
Central Normal School
Coromandel Area School
Karamea Area School
Mangamahu School
Mangatainoka School
Milton School
Okains Bay School
Owhango School
Papakura Central School
Papatoetoe Central School
Porritt School
Ruru Specialist School
St Anthony's Catholic School – Huntly
Tahunanui School
Te Hapara School
Te Kura o Matapihi
Te Wharekura o Ngati Rongomai
Tuturau Primary School
Waioneke School
Te Kura o Waitahanui


 

 
 
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To the Duffy Books in Homes Team

A big thank you for your continued support by way of free books for all our children. We had a fun assembly with our Duffy Books HERO Adrian ‘Showtime’ Boyd earlier this week.  The children and staff were thoroughly entertained by him. We really appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into the running of this special programme.

Thanks again from all of us 

 
 
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18/05/2018
Duffy Legend Profile - Reina Vaai

Hi, I'm Reina Va'ai. I grew up in South Auckland and is proud to be Samoan.  Attended the University of Auckland and graduated with a conjoint degree in Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English) and Bachelor of Laws. I’m currently working as a Criminal Defence Lawyer in South Auckland and also as a reporter for Tagata Pasifika on TV 1.  She is passionate about empowering young women and serving her Pacific Community.

I’m also a blogger (Truths She Wrote), and am pro-gluten, pro-sugar, pro-meat, pro-KFC. My dream is to be able to do everything that I'm passionate about, such as, story-telling, social justice, women, art and of course writing; then make it a daily task to contribute to at least one of these things every single day until I die peacefully at the age of 102 with my 10 children, 50 grandchildren, 30 farm animals and hot yet equally elderly husband.  Setting up my blog, Truths She Wrote, was definitely a defining moment for me. It has been something that I have wanted to do for so long. Since starting TSW, I have met so many incredible women that inspire me so much. It's just really great to have an opportunity to provide a platform where women can share, connect and inspire one another. That's really important to me, especially as a Pacific woman because as minorities, our voices are often silenced or disregarded. TSW has a strong focus on providing a space for everyone to recognize and appreciate that we are here, we are valuable and we are damn well worthy.

I attended Holy Cross Primary School in Papatoetoe from 1995 - 2003. I wasn't a fan of school assemblies because I could never sit still for very long. The only time I enjoyed assemblies was when I knew that we were having special visitors, like the Duffy role models. I still remember my first Duffy assembly. Our Duffy role model was journalist and actress, Angela D'Audney. She spoke about how reading helped her become successful in her career. I remember watching her on TV and it was a bit surreal seeing her speak to us in our little school hall. Even away from the TV cameras, she had such a strong presence. Duffy role models like Angela inspired me to love reading because she showed me that having strong literacy skills would always pay off in the future. Looking back now, I feel incredibly lucky to be Duffy a role model and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share with young students what my role models taught me.

 

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