Free Download For Maori Language Week
It’s Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori
So I’m giving away a 4-track EP of my kids songs in te reo.
Offering introductory words in te reo Māori to kids, carers and educators, these songs are a fun way to make a start on learning New Zealand’s native language.
If you’re from somewhere other than NZ, what you’ll love about these songs, is that the Maori language uses vowel sounds that are used in languages such as Japanese, Spanish and Italian, to name a few.
Helping children to train their ear to languages from a young age can be a gift for life, enabling them to pick up languages easier in the future.
To score your free download of my EP ‘Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori‘, follow the hyperlink.
Happy learnings, dancing and singing .
Love Anna xxx
🍰 Banana Choc-Mud Cake for Christmas 🍰
🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS🎄
This silly season I thought I would share one of my favourite recipes….
Like all my recipes, I made this up using my “wet & dry mix” method so it’s super simple.
It’s also grain free and free of refined sugar, making it more nutritious than your average cake!
(Here’s some festive background music for while you’re baking)
- 1 cup ground seeds (I grind linseed, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds in my coffee grinder and keep in a jar in the fridge)
- 1 cup of almond meal
- 2 cups of tapioca flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 eggs
- 200gms butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 packet of soaked dates (cover with boiling water, cover with a plate and leave for 20mins to soften)
- tsp vanilla essence
- 2 ripe bananas
- In a large bowl add all you dry ingredients.
- In a food processor, blend your butter and dates. NOTE: Keep the liquid for the dates separate as you’ll need it later.
- Once blended thoroughly add bananas, coconut oil and vanilla essence
- Stop the blender to crack in your eggs (You don’t want to accidentally blend in egg shell if some falls in)
- Using a rubber spatula, scrape all your wet mix out into your bowl of dry mix.
- Mix it together, adding your left over liquid from your soaked dates.
- At this stage your mix wants to be thick but pourable. Add either water or milk to get the correct consistency.
- Pour into one or two greased cake tins (for a layered cake) or cupcake tin and bake at 180 degrees celsius.
- When centre feels cooks leave to cool.
- Turn out onto a plate. If make a layered cake you can put cream and berries or your choice of filling in the centre.
NOTE: My oven in a beast and cooks unevenly. 45 mins should be an approximate cooking time, but keep an eye on your cake.
If you choose to make cupcakes be aware that they will cook faster.
You may also need to carefully turn your cake mid-bake.
- 1/2 block of Whittakers dark or dark Ghana chocolate
- 100gms butter
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup full cream
- Put all of the above in a small saucepan, EXCEPT the cream.
- Stir constantly to melt, being mindful not to overcook or let burn.
- Once melted turn off the heat.
- Whisk in cream till you ganash looks shiny and smooth
- Pour over your cooled cake and decorate.
Have a wonderful and safe Christmas everyone.
If you’d like to grab a copy of Fishing For Stars , know that I also have printable gift cards with download codes to give to people you love.
Love Anna xoxox
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⭐️🚀 LAUNCH DAY 🚀⭐️
Fishing for Stars is Here!
And it’s number 4 on the NZ charts!
I’m so proud of this album and hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve loved creating it.
It’s jam packed with songs for kids up to age 12. I’ve included funny & imaginative songs, lullaby’s & songs about rural life and the environment, memories from my childhood. There’s even a song about a runaway chicken!
My hope is that is serves as a resource, as well as good old fashioned entertainment. And a handy stocking filler too
A visit to the big smoke
What a week! I flew to Auckland for some television and radio action, and even made it along to a fantastic touring workshop hosted by APRA. It was great to catch up with a bunch of wonderful friends, including some of my buddy’s from Kiwi Kids Music.
It’s so good to be back home with my family in our quiet wee valley again, as I gear up for a bunch of concerts in the lead up to Christmas.
Thank you so much to everyone who has pre purchased the album already. Over 300 copies are on their way to you this Christmas.
And if you haven’t seen Echo, check it out here!
- Nov 30th- Give Love at Christmas video launch
- Dec 1st- Album release concert, Gin and Raspberry, Wanaka
- Dec 2nd- Plunket Teddy Bears Picnic, Wanaka Station Park
🎶 Singing with Suzy 🎶
Just a little over a week to go!
And things are looking great.
I’m well over the halfway mark on my PledgeMe campaign, and with just 8 days to go before it’s all over, I’m feeling pretty cool, calm and collected about the whole thing.
This is mostly due to the fantastic support I’ve been receiving, including a pledge from one early learning centre who are purchasing 100 copies of Fishing for Stars as Christmas gifts this year for their children. Wow!
I’ve had kindergartens book concerts, venues book my grown up shows and of course, so many wonderful people have purchased their own copy of the album. All I can say is Thank you!
This past weekend I had the joy of joining Kiwi Kids legend Suzy Cato up in Auckland on her Suzy and Friends show. Stay tuned for these in November.
I flew home from yesterday to find a beautiful email from The Natural parent Magazine, telling me they’d published my article on Mindfulness, Music and Motherhood. I’m a huge fan of this gorgeous publication and am super stoked to share a piece here.
In the meantime, please keep sharing my campaign with friends and family. If you haven’t pledged you have until October 31st so get on in.
Half-way and climbing!
October is the month!
During October you can secure a copy of my new children’s album ‘Fishing for Stars’
We’re half-way through October and I’m half-way into my PledgeMe campaign to raise $6,500 for the printing and design of my new album.
It’s my 3rd campaign for music over the past 6 years and I’ve been really enjoying the process. I put this down to the mindfulness practices I’ve been incorporating into my life, and a mindset to be present and enjoy the journey.
I really feel it’s due to these experiences that I’ve been having some rather miraculous outcomes.
A local early learning centre called and asked if they could order 100 copies of ‘Fishing for Stars’ as Christmas gifts for their children this year.
Friends who didn’t have wee ones last time I released a children’s album are now able to enjoy this and it’s given me an opportunity to reconnect with folks I haven’t chatted to in ages.
Along with both physical and digital copies of the album, I am also offering a stack of really neat rewards from gift packs for Ukulele players, songbooks, live and online concerts and even jewels made by Little Betty’s Upcycled Treasure.
Check out the rewards HERE
The best part of all of this is that it takes the stress out of Christmas by offering great gift options that will arrive in plenty of time to wrap them up for people you love.
Let me know if there’s anything I can offer to make a reward that might bring a smile to the dial of a little person you love.
Love Anna xoxo
Pre-Order your copy of ‘Fishing For Stars’
Pre-order ‘Fishing for Stars’
And get Christmas sorted in one go!
If you love being super organised when it comes to Christmas pressies, or you simply love great children’s music, be sure to head to my PledgeMe campaign in the month of October and secure my upcoming album.
I also have a selection of fantastic gifts that you’ll receive just in time for the silly season. Win!
Head to www.bit.ly/annavanriel to secure your copy!
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Free Song for Kids during Maori Language Week
I’ve been growing my vocabulary in our Native NZ Te Reo Maori language and one of the best ways I learn is through song. Writing songs in Maori has been as beneficial for my learning as it has been for kids.
In celebration of Maori Language week, I’m giving away the first single from my soon-to-be-released children’s album Fishing for Stars.
An annual event, Maori language week in 2018 runs from September 10-16th.
Haere Mai translates as “come here”. I wrote this track for Hawea Kindergarten after my sons’ teacher mentioned they’d love a new welcome song to call the children to the mat. The song is fun, interactive and has actions so I think it’ll go down well.
I hope you enjoy it too xxx
The new track can be heard on Spotify and iTunes, and a free download can be claimed this week via my Bandcamp page.
NZ on Air Funding brings Kiwi kids more music
Exciting times for Kiwi Kids Music
Things are gearing up with my team of videographers, animators and graphic designers, not to mention my beautiful star Tasmin, who is both my vocalist and actor in my soon-to-be-released single Echo.
In March this year I was exceptionally fortunate to be one of the first recipients for a new children’s music fund. What’s most exciting about this fund is that it will suddenly showcase the huge amount of fantastic talent we have in the children’s music sector here in NZ.
My song Echo has been tumbling around in my head for two years now, and Tasmin has even sung it at our local Hawea Playgroup Annual Fundraiser. It feels super exciting to bring it into real life, and something children can watch, hear and enjoy.
The Echo music video follows the story of a little girl who sees her wishing star in the winter sky, during our Maori New Years (Matariki). The star connects with her as she realises it’s her Grandfather that she has lost. She follows the star through an enchanted garden and to a magical treehouse where she finally can see it in all its splendour. My hope is that all children who watch the music video feel a connection to part of NZ’s culture, language and beliefs (*that our ancestors watch over us).
Echo is set to launch on October 1st in the lead up to the release of my 2nd studio album for kids Fishing for Stars, which will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Watch this space.
Love Anna ♡
Funding Success for New Kids Album
Hooray!!!! A New Kids Album
It feels so incredible to be able to begin this project without the massive extra effort of finding the funds.
This project will encompass a new children’s music video, for my children’s song “ECHO” starring my very gorgeous and talented neice Tasmin van Riel.
I’m excited to be working with audio engineer and producer Danny Fairley from Mirrors Studios again. Together we’ve already created two NZ Tui nominated albums (Whistle & Hum and Cooking up a song) and with Danny on my team I feel confident we’ll have another great album on our hands.
Animator Traci Meek will be collaborating on the music video, which will be filmed by videographer Ollie Larkin.
The storyline depicts a young girl who is sitting at her bedroom window star gazing.
One star in particular shines extra bright and calls her out into the wintery night.
The girl (Tasmin) makes her way through an enchanted garden and into her treehouse where she can get closer to her wishing star.
The sky shows the constellation of Matariki (aka pleiades) which corresponds with NZ’s Maori New Year.
I’m incredibly excited to kick of this project, and immensely grateful to NZ on Air for the opportunity. This new funding grant for children’s music feels like a hugely positive step for Kiwi Kids Music.