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Team Effort Pays Off For Local Kindergarten Children

6 September 2012

Team Effort Pays Off For Local Kindergarten Children

Manchester Kindergarten is opening its new playground in grand style. A pōwhiri to welcome and thank contributors and special guests will form the official part of the celebrations planned for September 11.

The new outdoor environment is reward for many years of dreaming, planning and fundraising. Kindergarten children, whānau, past committee members who contributed to fundraising efforts, members of the neighbouring school community, playground builders, the Feilding Mayor, and other friends of the Ruahine Kindergarten Association (RKA) have all been invited to celebrate the achievement.

With plans dating back to 2008, the playground came to fruition at the start of Term Three, instantly proving the hard work was worth it. The area provides the kindergarten children a vast amount of space and resources to test their physical abilities and creativity. Establishing new gardens have supported the children’s experience of sustainability, understanding where their food comes from and enabled them to participate in the Tui Garden Challenge. A strategic approach from the RKA towards dealing with compliance and safety issues supported the creation of a safe and fun environment. Fundraising efforts saved from the past four years also made the massive project possible, including cake stalls, the Backyard Bounty gardening event, a cooking demonstration with Simon Holst and various raffles.

Pōwhiri preparations have including working with RKA bi-cultural advisors, Warren and Everlyne Chase, who have helped the kindergarten with understanding the tikanga and procedures involved. A Māori blessing will be given by Father Chris from Hato Paora College, followed by shared kai.

Manchester Kindergarten is very excited to finally share their awesome new space with the community.


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