On Tour

“Getting out and sharing my books is the most enjoyable thing to do as an author” says Helen Griffiths. “You can have all the industry reviews in the world but the reviews that matter are the ones from the children themselves. And if the grown-ups love them too, then that’s a bonus!”


Best suited to Early Years Centres & School Age (New Entrant, Years 1 & 2)

This lively 20-30 minute session is ‘purrfect’ for finding the fun in books. Students will recognise Pukekura Park in the illustrations and enjoy searching for Ross the Cat with each turn of the page. Helen talks about how she came to write the book, the celebrity of Ross the Cat and the important role of the SPCA. There’s even an interactive quiz and book related activities provided to make the fun last.

Kai for Kittens initiative

“our tamariki loved it, they were totally hooked”


Best suited to Years 3-6

Helen shares her road to writing her first book and lessons learnt along the way. This session will inspire even the most reluctant readers and writers whilst engaging the booklovers in the class too. The 50 minutes will fly by as Helen unpacks the amazing words, the fabulous illustrations and the crucial kaitiakitanga theme of ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ as well as revealing some famous fans of its message. Everyone leaves this sessions with a new nugget of knowledge and post-session activities are provided.

“What a delight! My students have never been so quiet as the clung on to Helen’s every word. Engaging, clever and entertaining”

Poetry and writing workshops

A seasoned performance poet, a regional convenor of Pop Up Poetry events and Taranaki representative on the New Zealand Society of Authors, Helen is also able to run workshops for students keen to develop their knowledge and understanding of the creative writing process. Why not engage Helen’s experience through the Creatives in Schools programme? She is happy to discuss project possibilities and assist with applications for 2024.

Contact Helen here



Words cannot recommend ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’ enough!  Beautiful, detailed illustrations bringing words to life, which is such a relevant impacting topic. The language, the learning, the thinking! The kids absolutely LOVED it!!

Tracy Turner, Teacher 


Treasure Beyond Measure’ is a great teaching resource that promotes further discussion around looking after our world. With a New Zealand touch, ‘Treasure Beyond Measure’, is a must have for all libraries or classrooms.

Shelley Mackay, Teacher 


“Who imagined collective nouns could be so much fun!? The illustrations and overall message are a timely reminder of what’s at stake if we don't take conservation issues seriously.”

Julie Salisbury, Teacher 


“I can’t wait to buy this book to use in classrooms - It will lead to so much quality teaching and become a favourite, I’m sure.” Jen Tooley, Teacher 


“We have had both copies of your book issued out of the school library ever since they hit the shelf! The rich language and illustrations are very engaging and have our students hooked. It will be a text we can use time and time again in our school to learn from.”

Casey Graves, Teacher 


"In my position as librarian of a primary school I see many new picture books and texts that just don't quite make the grade, but then along came Helen with a very real treasure, Treasure Beyond Measure in fact. Helen Griffiths' experience both as a former classroom teacher, now speech language specialist are evident both in the way in which she has used such a range of fabulous vocabulary in her rhyming stanzas and also in her ability to totally engage groups of students with her global Kaitiakitanga / conservation theme.

Jackie Cameron, Librarian

If you’d like Helen to visit your school, get in touch HERE

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