[ Return ][ Other news articles ]
Plans for big Children's Day celebration in Motueka
February 24th, 2012
Events are being planned to encourage the whole of Motueka to celebrate Children's Day (Te Ra O Te Tamariki) on Sunday March 4th, but there is still time for new ideas to be put together.
The day has as its theme 'love and affection' and all over New Zealand there will be fun things organised by individuals, families, groups, businesses and agencies within their communities.
The main promoter of this event, Linda Glew, coordinator of Strengthening Families, says people can organise any activity or event to join in this celebration. "Building on Motueka being voted best New Zealand town in 2010, let's promote Motueka as a great place for children," she says.
Already four events have been publicised on this website, including "Cupcakes in Granny's Garden" at 57 Greenwood Street, a Pool Party at Parklands School for families/whanau, an open day at the community gardens, and stories and morning tea for children at St Andrews Church.
DOC has organised a "Take a kid snorkelling" event in the national park, and a "Take a kid fishing" day is also planned at the public wharf at Talley's Fisheries, which will include fishing with members of RSA Fishing Club.
Linda says activities could be easily mounted include organising a morning tea, a neighbours street party, taking kids fishing or playing games in our reserves, getting young people and older people involved in organising outdoor or indoor games.
"There are heaps of ideas, resources, fliers and other information. And by registering your activity on the website you can get lots of freebies for children." The website is at www.childrensday.org.nz. Anyone looking for inspiration should check out media stories on this website from some of the 2011 celebrations. More than 500 events were held around the country. "It doesn't have to cost anything - having fun can be simple."
The initial idea for Children's Day came from a suggestion by the first Children's Commissioner, Ian Hassall, in 1991. His suggestion was developed and progressed by the Rotary Club of Wellington. In conjunction with the following Children's Commissioner, Laurie O'Reilly, the idea was then mooted to Government.
In 1999, the National Steering Group was established to progress the concept of Children's Day. Interested government and non-government agencies were represented on this group.
The inaugural Children's Day was held on Sunday 29 October 2000 with the intention that Children's Day would occur on the last Sunday of October every year. In 2007 the date for Children's Day was changed to the first Sunday in March.
>> Email a comment on this article, to be added to the page. [If this link doesn't work, use this form instead]
[ Return ]
[ Other news articles ]
© Motueka Online. To reproduce all or large parts of this article, please ask the editor for permission, and attribute the story to Motueka Online.
We wish to thank these local community-minded businesses who generously sponsor our site. They recognise the value of supporting this community asset, and in return Motueka Online is pleased to use and recommend their services whenever appropriate.
Ray White Motueka, Parkes Automotive, Motueka Floral Studio, Nelson Building Society, House of Travel