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Saturday, 20 April 2019 12:21 am

Smart path to money series launched in Kapiti

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LAUNCH PARTY: Kidzsmartzpath2money team celebrates with author Joanne Welch (centre).

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AUTHOR: Joanne Welch

TWO YEARS’ hard work by Joanne Welch and a team of five Kapiti residents has been capped off with the launch of their children’s book series, kidzsmartzpath2money.

Lembas cafe at Raumati South beach was the perfect venue to celebrate completion of the series and website, bringing together the team’s local support network and reflecting the books’ “nature coast” themes.

Ms Welch, who recently moved to Waitarere after living on the coast for 15 years, said it was “fantastic” to have so much support behind her, including that of Kapiti Coast Mayor Jenny Rowan.

Guest speakers, regional Maori business award winner Denis Grennell, consultant Fraser Carson (MC), and Ms Rowan, commended Ms Welch and her assiduous co-creators, Lisa Wilkinson, Fiona McCauley and youngsters Sam Fenton, Georgia Fenton and Nathan Hutchinson.
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Chief executive officer of Nature Coast Enterprises, Chris Baber, spoke of the books’ local content, making important references to the Kapiti Coast and Kapiti Island.

Speakers also mentioned the books’ main characters who held principles, morals and beliefs relevant to people’s everyday lives.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Denis Grennell

The series links the ideas and concepts of nature with the principles of how to live a financially successful life, starting at a young age.

The book launch included presentations, acknowledgements and a count-down to go live for the new website, www. kidzsmartzpath2money.com.

Ms Welch says becoming financially independent at a young age encourages prosperity and self-esteem in children.

She believes the website will encourage people to share “the fresh innovative concepts” with friends locally, nationally and internationally.

“Because it’s electronic and using social media, it will spread like wildfire.”

The e-books can be downloaded free from the website until the end of August, after which they will be available for sale on line.

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