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Wednesday September 6, 2017

Pukeatua Childcare Centre and Konini Primary School team up to celebrate culture

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Mayor Ray Wallace Council remains committed to the rejuvenation of Lower Hutt, despite other issues overshadowing our efforts in recent weeks. Our city is on a roll and there’s a lot happening around the city. There’s certainly no shortage of good news to share with you all. For example, on any given day you can look up and see development happening across the city. Construction of the Events Centre is steaming ahead. The progress being made week to week is evident – it’s exciting to see it in real-life instead of merely a drawing on a piece of paper. You can keep up to date with the progress of the build on Council’s Facebook page. The recent expansion of Huia Pool + Fitness will improve the lives of many in our community. The hydrotherapy pool will have life-changing significance to those with limited mobility, health conditions, or those needing rehabilitating from an injury. The new Learners’ Pool will allow over 1000 extra children and adults to become competent swimmers. In a country with such horrendous drowning statistics, it’s a significant asset to our community. We’ve also been recognised both nationally and internationally for our work in the Taita community.

Brothers Rakapa and Anaru Parata embracing their culture with a Ta moko PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Pukeatua Childcare Centre celebrated the diverse language, culture and identity of those that attend from week to week. Amy Bannister, head teacher at the centre, said they believed that nurturing the children’s identity, language and culture empowers the them to be confident, respectful and resilient individuals. “We extended an invitation to Konini Primary School’s Kapa haka group, with an aim to develop tuakana teina relationships that benefit both age groups. “We were blown away by how amazing the morning was, a number of people commented on the strong feel of aroha that was present within the centre,” she said. The Konini Primary School pupils performed their waiata, and then the Pukeatua Childcare Centre children responded with a haka and a few waiata

of their own. Following the performance, pupils from took Konini Primary School took the lead and supported the younger centre’s children in a couple of activities. “A huge array of kai including dishes from the Samoan, Indian, Maori, and Dutch culture was then shared together, before the Konini students set off back to school.” Amy said Konini’s Matt Pegg and her had already locked in a date for a group of Pukeatua tamariki to visit Konini Primary School at the end of the month to take part in Konini’s Perceptual Motor Program. “We are really excited about working in partnership to embrace the positive influences that each age group can have on one another.”

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We won an LGNZ excellence award and we were the first ever New Zealand finalists at the Beyond Sport Global Awards in New York City. Transformation Taita was named as winner of LGNZ’s Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Engagement – the category for a project or programme that has made a positive impact on the community and encouraged effective engagement and participation. The Beyond Sport Global awards recognise and promote the use of sport to solve social problems and strengthen communities, particularly those facing disadvantage. It’s fantastic to see the life-changing work to empower young people being recognised by, not only a local audience, but a global one too. Until next time, take care.

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