On 1 March, Scoop editor Alastair Thomson attended the iChoose performance at Kelston Boys High in Waitakere. He interviewed director Lisa Brickell and ICAP producer Kay Yoshikawa and asks the question “why bring the show to NZ?” Check out the interview plus the video clips on the show and workshop (including a moving segment when the entire auditorium of school boys broke out into a spontaneous haka in appreciation for the show) on http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1303/S00008/ichoose-to-stop-using-passive-violence-500-words.htm.
Other media coverage includes an interview with the cast and crew by Auckland based Chinese/ English news channel, WTV – see http://www.tv9.co.nz/?p=3681.
And article by independent blogger Amazon News Media - see http://is.gd/natcon.
On 25 February 2013, the SGINZ-sponsored iChoose anti bullying programme was rolled out to Auckland high schools.
Debuting in front of Year 9 students at Mount Albert Grammar (High) School, one of the largest and most multicultural schools in New Zealand, the cast were warmly welcomed and given plenty of positive feedback from both students and teachers. The performance captivated the audience and kept them engaged throughout. The personal experiences shared by the cast resonated with students, many of whom left with a smile. And teachers were very appreciative of Yukie Oki, a Mount Albert teacher who had arranged for the program to come to her school.
26 February - The second day of iChoose proved another thrilling day for the team. Staff and students of Albany Senior High School warmly welcomed cast and crew onto their gorgeous campus. Albany is a state-of-the-art facility where, according to Principal Barbara Cavanagh, students are focused on as young adults. All along the corridors these young adults voiced their excitement at the appearance of this visiting group of young performers.
As the show began, teachers and somewhat fidgety students were taken by surprise at iChoose’s emotional power, and they were quick to go along for the ride. Even beyond the performance, students responded to the individual experiences shared by the cast, testimonials regarding issues that matched the students’ own personal struggles.