This week on The Children’s Hour we’ll explore New Zealand through stories and songs, and in conversation with our friends, Kiwi musicians Lucy Hiku from Itty Bitty Beats, and Claudia Robin Gunn. One lives on the north island, and the other on the South Island!

Itty Bitty Beats (Lucy is on the left)
Claudia Robin Gunn

We’ll learn about New Zealand’s unique geography, climate, landscape, wildlife, and culture. Expect to hear all New Zealander music, in both English and Maori.

This episode comes with a downloadable learning guide so you can learn along with us, and explore even more.


New Zealand Learning Guide


Standards for NZ Learning Guide

The Kiwi Bird
The Kiwi Bird
A Maori work of art hidden in New Zealand
A Maori work of art hidden in New Zealand
"Hobbiton" is in New Zealand, by Andres Iga
“Hobbiton” is in New Zealand, by Andres Iga
Kākāpō by Karl Anderson
Kākāpō by Karl Anderson
Photo by Rod Long on UnSplash
Photo by Rod Long on UnSplash
Sheep in New Zealand outnumber people by more than 5 to 1. Photo by Martin Bisof
Sheep in New Zealand outnumber people by more than 5 to 1. Photo by Martin Bisof

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Playlist Kiwi Land

titleartistalbumdurationlabel
Rise & Shine (Good Morning Song)Itty Bitty BeatsRise & Shine (Good Morning Song) - Single02:112021 Itty Bitty Beats
PineapplefleaBITE & Itty Bitty BeatsSnakes Alive (It's Fleabite 5)02:422021 fleaBITE
KiwiChanelle & FriendsThe Little Green Turtle and Other Songs for Kids!02:052017 Chanelle Davis Music
Now Is the Hour (Arr. for Solo Piano)Iain FarringtonThe Christopher Norton Pacific Preludes Collection01:502017 Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Round RobinClaudia Robin GunnRound Robin - Single01:322021 Little Wild Music
How Far Is a Lightyear (Solar System Song) [Instrumental]Claudia Robin GunnHow Far is a Lightyear - Single02:262020 Claudia Robin Gunn
Tiki and the Tui - by Apriana TaylorApriana TaylorRadio New Zealand: The Best of Storytime06:452020 Radio New Zealand
Floating Down the RiverSimon StanleyFloating Down the River - Single03:032021 8 POUND GORILLA RECORDS
A Haka MaAnika MoaSongs for Bubbas, Vol. 203:242016 Diamond & Kowhai Ltd - 2016
Stars Dreaming of Stars (Instrumental)Claudia Robin GunnStars Dreaming of Stars - Single01:242020 Claudia Robin Gunn
KakapoKath BeeKakapo - Single02:402021 Kath Bee
The HakaNew Zealand SingersSongs Of New Zealand00:511999 Mastersong / Superbuy
Spin Your Poi (feat. Levity Beet & Lu & Tu)SpinpoiSpin Your Poi (feat. Levity Beet & Lu & Tu) - Single03:162020 Spinpoi
Guardians of PapatuanukuLoopy Tunes Preschool Music & Ana FaauGuardians of Papatuanuku - Single04:002021 Loopy Tunes Preschool Music
Haere Mai SongAnna van RielHaere Mai Song - Single00:592018 Anna van Riel

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