As Busy as Aunty Bea
As Busy as Aunty Bea – Bea Yates or Aunty Bea, as thousands know her, leads an incredibly busy life devoted to demonstrating love to others….in the kitchen at school camp, pounding the streets as a Maori Warden, on stage as “Tina Tuna” and at home and school as mother….to anyone who needs her.
At 61 years of age, she is a fulltime teacher at Rotorua Lakes High School where she now teaches and influences the lives of the children of former students. Her teaching career of 42 years has benefited many more children than those lucky enough to be part of her classrooms. The books she has written in both Maori and English for children and teachers have been translated into languages of the Pacific. Her book “Hohepa te Puru” has even been translated into Spanish. Songs that she has written, such as “AEIOU” are sung daily in primary schools throughout New Zealand.
Many charities benefit from Aunty Bea’s endless drive and enthusiasm. She dedicated the QSM that she was awarded for her community work to the memory of her mother. The proceeds of her Tina Tuna performances are often donated to The Cancer Society.
A deep love of her own culture and country does not stop her from learning about others.
Aunty Bea sees a time in the future where she might have to slow down….but there are no signs of that happening just yet.
Promotional TrailerComing soon
Producer: Catherine White
Consulting producer: Tony Manson
Thanks to: Rotorua Lakes High School & Whangamarino Primary, Marilyn Gardiner, Ellis Tepania, Chas Pound, Nga mii aroha ki a Aunty Bea, Uncle Albert and whanau
Network exec: Jude Anaru
Director: Chas Toogood
Original idea/researcher: Kim Muriwai
Online editor: Brendon Gibbons
Offline editor: Andy McGrath
Production manager: Kim Muriwai
D.O.P: Richard Curtis
Sound mix: Graham Wallace
Narrator: Don Selwyn
Production accountants: Glenda Paterson, Jeanette Wiles-Cromie
Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TV One for ‘Nga Reo’ series