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2020 Video Role Models

In 2020, we made the decision to take Duffy role models online due to the uncertainty around the outbreak of Covid-19 in Aotearoa. Our schools had the option of having a live 'Zoom' assembly with a role model or receiving a pre-record before handing our the latest round of Duffy books. This page contains those pre-recorded assemblies that our outstanding role models spent a lot of their time putting together to share the joy and importance of reading with students all over New Zealand! We can't thank all of our role models enough for the mahi in the name of literacy and book ownership for kiwi kids.


First up, Duffy Books in Homes General Manager, Linda Vagana


World Champion sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke share how reading, hard work and determination can help you to achieve your goals in life.


Creator of Young Ocean Explorers, Steve Hathaway shares some wonderful footage and how reading was the stepping stone into his underwater passion and career.


Kapa Haka Teacher Whaitiri Poutawa shares his love of reading with you.


Black Fern Sevens star Stacey Fluhler (nee Waaka) shares her stories with Duffy kids.


Teen singer and actor Sam, also known as Solo Artist Sam V shares his love of reading.


Duffy Role Model Tim Tipene reads his latest book Rona Moon


Writer and drama teacher Judi Billcliff shares her love of reading and writing.


Duffy Role Model Nora Swann: Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur


We will be adding more to this page so please come back to see other inspiring role models share their stories.