“We worked together as a group to make a poem to persuade people to see a doctor and get your sore throat sorted out or you could get rheumatic (beat) fever and heart damage. So if you have a sore and scratchy throat, do you want to be coughing about, do you want a throat red and sore, if you don’t well then LISTEN UP.”

Mercedez, Rachel, Sisilia , Esther, Deja, Jazz and Praise

“The initiative is really about giving voice and ownership to rangatahi – we are really excited to have young people informing the rheumatic fever prevention programme.”

National Hauora Coalition Clinical Director Dr Rawiri Jansen

“So we started by learning what Rheumatic fever is and then each of us wrote a poem each. Next we added the main components of each poem and turned it into one. After that we came up with scenes for our animation. And further on we let Munro turn it all into a app. Thanks For Reading And We As A Team Hope You Learned Something New.”

Pratik, Joshua, Talei and Mohokoi

"Our awesome poem is based upon the idea of “How do Whanau Support Rheumatic Fever? (the impact it has on them)”. It is about a boy who has rheumatic fever and is sadly at the hospital where his family are encouraging him to get better and help him ‘battle’ this fever so that he can be better"

Ethan, Bailey, Shaun and Mikaele


Rangatahi of South Auckland

This is the story about how young people in South Auckland in New Zealand are trying to beat Rheumatic Fever. Told in their ‘beat’.

In October 2016 a group of 25 South Auckland students came together 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 storybook app that takes a fresh approach to communicating key messages.  Watch the workshop unfold here
Making of Beat.fever

The project was funded by the Rheumatic Fever Māori Community Fund.

Beat.fever has audio and text in English, te Reo Māori and le Gagana Sāmoa, 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.

The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Record your narration
  • Colour in the illustrations
  • Character animation
  • Multiple languages