Spin into Speech & Drama: Early Years


This book, based on Hazel Menehira’s 60 years of teaching in speech and drama, provides flexible strategies, activities and exercises suitable for teaching speech and drama to children aged from 3 to 10 years at various levels of development. Background Teacher’s Notes are included.


  • Title: Spin into Speech & Drama: Early Years
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2016
  • Book format: Paperback, A4 size
  • Pages: 90 pages, illustrated
  • ISBN: 9780994493262

Hazel Menehira

Born in London and educated in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Hazel Menehira became a New Zealand citizen after emigrating to the North Island in 1956. An Associate, Licentiate and Fellow of Trinity College, London, Hazel is an internationally recognised speech and drama teacher, examiner and adjudicator.

A Life Member of the Wanganui Branch of the Theosophical Society New Zealand, Hazel’s background includes fifty years in journalism and writing of educational text books, short stories, reviews and poetry, as well as a thirty-year career in professional theatre. She founded the Wanganui Rainbow Theatre for Youth and directed it for ten years. Hazel is a book reviewer for the Media/Culture webpage of Queensland University.

Living on one of the tropical northern beaches of Cairns, Hazel continues to be a mentor for new and aspiring writers and a workshop tutor. She has forty direct descendants, twenty of whom are her great-grandchildren.

Hazel has published 16 books, including “Nothing as Posh as a Memoir”, which she published to celebrate her 80th birthday. Her most recent publications are the companion books, “Beyond a Time” and “Below a Time”.