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International Children’s Day


International Children’s Day

You are invited to the official launch of New Zealand's first ever Children's Day. See attached a letter of introduction about this day which will be on 29 October 2000.

The launch will be held at Wellington High School, Taranaki St, on Wednesday May 31, 10am. Please arrive at reception a few minutes earlier and you will be escorted to the room where the launch will be held.

Present at the launch will be children of the Children's Consultation Group, Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey, Chief Executive Officer of Child, Youth and Family Jackie Brown, Commissioner for Children Roger McClay and Chief Executive Officer of Barnardos, Ian Calder.

I hope you will be able to share the excitement that is Children's Day 2000, celebrating our tamariki.

The letter below has been sent to 15000 community groups in New Zealand. Please wait until the launch date before compiling news stories. A press release will be forthcoming early this week.

Media Contact:

Sue Lytollis

04 918 9070 029 513 454

Kia ora, Kia orana, Ni sa bula, Namaste, Taloha ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa atu, Halo olaketa, Talofa lava, Greetings....

This letter is to share with you the exciting news that New Zealand is to have a national Children's Day on Sunday 29 October 2000!

You can be part of this first ever Children's Day to celebrate our tamariki/children.

There has never been a nationally recognised day for children even though there are many other festivals and commemorative days on the New Zealand calendar.

Last year, community and government agencies formed a steering group to plan Children's Day. The theme is `celebrating our children' and we want to encourage all people and organisations to spend special time with children on this day and every day.

The success of Children's Day rests on your willingness to inspire your communities with activities that will enrich children's lives on 29 October.

An interagency campaign leading up to the day will focus on five key messages to unlock children's potential. We hope this will encourage everybody to think about ways of enjoying, celebrating and spending time with children on the day as well as all year round. The messages are:

* Love and affection

* Praise and encouragement

* Listening and talking

* New experiences

* Spending time with children

We invite you to consider activities that promote these messages and we will be sending you a Children's Day Kit in August. This will include suggested activities for community groups, schools and families in the build up to Children's Day. You can also visit our web site at for regular news and activity updates.

You don't need to wait until you get the kit to think of your own special events and activities. Talk about Children's Day to your community group, family and friends and start organising now.

We want all communities of Aotearoa/New Zealand to celebrate our tamariki/children on Sunday October 29. Jackie Brown Roger McClay Ian Calder Child, Youth and Family Commissioner for Children Barnardos



29 MAY 2000

NNNN 29/05/00 08-44NZ


Morning tea with the Prime Minister is one of twenty-one items up for auction at the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind's charity dinner at Government House in Wellington on Wednesday 31 May.

Governor-General, Sir Michael Hardie Boys (the Foundation's patron) and Lady Hardie Boys will be hosting 135 guests at this special event organised to raise money for essential services for blind and sight-impaired New Zealanders.

National manager special events Tim Kay says this is the first time that a formal function has been held for the Foundation at Government House, Wellington.

"It's a huge thrill that the Governor-General is hosting this event. It makes the whole evening just a bit more special for our guests."

"We are really pleased that this dinner will not only raise money for the Foundation, but is also a wonderful opportunity to thank some of our corporate sponsors and major donors for their ongoing support."

Selected corporate sponsors and major foundation donors as well as other specially invited guests are among the many that have purchased the $70 tickets to the exclusive event.

MC for the evening is Wellington sports personality Mark McLeod, the auctioneer is Michael Williams from Colliers Jardine and the Hadyn String Quartet is providing music.

The Foundation is hoping to raise $5000 from the charity dinner and auction.

Items up for auction include,

* Morning tea with Prime Minister Helen Clark

* A spot as guest conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

and two premier seats at one of their concerts

* Lunch with Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky

* Five minutes of fame on More FM

* A rugby ball signed by the Hurricanes

* Two tickets to the Tri-nations rugby game in Christchurch with

travel and accommodation included

* A framed limited edition cricket bat signed by Sir Richard

Hadlee setting out his test career statistics

* Prada America's Cup memorabilia (not available retail)

* Hire-a-hubby services and a Placemakers voucher

* A weekend of driving in the new Volkswagen Beetle

* A number of Wellington region accommodation packages provided

by Novotel, Ibis, and the Martinborough Hotel

Auction items have been donated by Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark, the Martinborough Hotel, AMP Asset Management, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), Wellington Menopause Clinic, Mayor Mark Blumsky, Royal New Zealand Airforce, Hire-a-Hubby, Prada Challenge, Placemakers, the Novotel Hotel (Wellington), Hurricanes Super 12 rugby team, the Ibis Hotel (Wellington), Acton Estate Gisborne, New Zealand Cricket, Air New Zealand, Team European, Hertz, the Heritage Hotel (Christchurch), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Origin Pacific, the Circa Theatre and radio MoreFM.


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