KIWA® has developed unique ways of engaging young people in storytelling. We now work with clients to harness this enthusiasm to help promote messages and causes in the community.

New Zealand’s National Hauora Coalition wanted to take an innovative approach and have young people inform the rheumatic fever prevention programme they run for Counties Manukau Health.

The result was beat.fever!

Beat.fever is a storybook app about how young people in South Auckland are beating Rheumatic Fever. Told in their ‘beat’.

It was created by a group of talented South Auckland students who came together for a 2-day SLAM workshop to design, write, illustrate and record a poem about how to prevent rheumatic fever in their community.

With the help of poet and performance artist Daren Kamali, health and education experts, and the team from KIWA, the students created an interactive app that takes a fresh approach to communicating key messages.

Beat.fever has audio and text in English and te Reo Māori, with some other languages mixed in, and is rich in the expression and idiom of its authors. As the students say, “LISTEN UP, there are important messages here!”.

If you would like to run a SLAM workshop to support your messages in the community, please get in touch with our CEO Steven Renata.