Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Anti-Bullying Success With Kiwi Kids Not Just An Illusion

Media release, for immediate release, Friday 22 February 2013

Anti-Bullying Success With Kiwi Kids Not Just An Illusion
Award winning magician to visit Whakatane schools.

Having performed for over 700,000 students Elgregoe has become of New Zealand’s top school performers and most celebrated magicians and he is about to visit Whakatane schools to reinforce his anti–bullying message.

Elgregoe will visit schools in Whakatane on Monday 25 February and Tuesday 26 February (itinerary listed below) to present his ‘You’ve Got The Power’ show, which teaches children key values and educates them about how to treat others. Supporting the 2013 school curriculum, his show aims to challenge students to form caring communities, encourages them to build good relationships and make a positive contribution to their school.

Otherwise known as Greg Britt, Elgregoe and his show assistant and wife Sue, use tricks, puppets, ventriloquism, music, songs and a variety of props (including live birds), to portray his anti-bullying messages.

Elgregoe’s 2013 ‘You’ve Got The Power’ show, supported by TrustPower, is themed around being a ‘hero’ at school and has a strong emphasis on anti-bullying. In this year’s show Elgregoe shares the ingredients for good friendships and the values that make people ‘heroes’. Special guest Seymour the dinosaur learns some tips about dealing with people who tease him for being green and they welcome back some of the children’s favourite friends such as Zazu the great Macaw Parrot and Baxter the live rabbit.

The Elgregoe dream began 16 years ago when a school principal said, “if you are a real magician then let’s see if you can make bullying disappear.”

After thoroughly researching the issue of bullying in schools, Elgregoe decided to create a unique way of challenging students to have a good attitude at school.

TrustPower partnered with Elgregoe in 2005 after seeing him in action one day at a school sharing his anti-bullying messages. Elgregoe impressed the TrustPower team with his passion and ability to engage with children. TrustPower now supports Elgregoe to ensure more Kiwi kids are exposed to Elgregoe’s anti-bullying messages.

TrustPower Community Relations Co-ordinator Suzi Luff says Elgregoe delivers a serious message in a fun way.

“TrustPower is proud to support this anti-bullying programme as it really connects with students and empowers them to make the right choices. Feedback from schools is that his message is getting through and making a real difference,” says Mrs Luff.

Elgregoe says although the magic might be an illusion the message is very real.

“I never tire of doing the school shows, students love the show and the teachers love the message reinforcing the anti-bullying message in a different and memorable way,” says Elgregoe.

In 2009 the Queen appointed Elgregoe a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to education. In the same year he also received The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand’s Top Children’s Entertainer Award and The Grand Master of Magic Award, which is one of the highest forms of recognition a New Zealand magician can receive.

The ‘You’ve Got the Power’ show, presented by award winning magician, ventriloquist and presenter Elgregoe will be at Whakatane Schools on the following days:

Monday, 25 February
Allandale School - 9.15am
Taneatua School - 1.50pm

Tuesday 26 February
Matata Primary and St Josephs Matata combined – 9.30am.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news