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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Matariki Celebration at Early Years Nevis Street

Here at Nevis Street we had a huge Matariki celebration. When Matariki rises in the dawn sky, it is time to celebrate the natural world, the togetherness of whänau, and new beginnings. And what better way to celebrate than with a feast!  It was a great night with a feast of fish n chips and […]

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First Steps Maich’s trip to the museum

As an extension to babies and toddlers’ interest in fish and dinosaurs, First Steps Maich decided to take them on a trip to the Auckland Museum. We were blessed to have such a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the recent cold, wet weather. It was great to see not only parents but grandparents […]

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Matariki at ABC Albany

ABC Albany made an ABC Tahi Korowai, they sent feathers home for the children to decorate with family and also made some together at the centre. The children put them all together and it looked amazing! Every day we celebrated matariki differently with activities such as poi making, raukau sticks, dancing, singing, making fried bread and […]

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Topkids Harrison Street’s Puanga Celebrations

Topkids Harrison Street had a beautiful ceremony this morning. We planted a ‘wishing tree’ as part of our Puanga celebrations. All the staff, a couple of brave whanau and our friends from our local iwi arrived at the centre at 6am to acknowledge Puanga while the stars were still visible in the sky. 3 kete […]

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Living Eggs Adventure at Community Kindy Manurewa

Community Kindy Manurewa have been on a ‘Living Eggs Adventure’ The children were very interested in the life cycle of the butterflies, lead to extending their interests and dispositions further by getting ‘The Living Eggs program’. One of the most positive aspects of this program would have to be the children’s experience of caring for […]

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Bake it Forward at ABC Dinsdale

The children of ABC Dinsdale have been busy taking part in their new centre initiative ‘Bake it Forward’. This initiative enables the children to get involved and give back to the community, as well as make it a little brighter by spreading positive acts to one another.  The initiative involves giving food made by children […]

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ABC Omahu Road’s Fundraising Disco

ABC Omahu Road recently held a fundraiser disco to raise money for one of our families at a time of need. Being a centre that prides itself on our sense of community and strong whanau support, we did what we do best – come together and do what we can to help. Through gold coin […]

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Topkids Pukuatua’s Matariki Hangi

Our Totara Room at Topkids Pukuatua held a lunchtime Matariki Hangi for our children and whanau. One of our wonderful families helped prepare the Hangi with the children then cooked it in their steamer. What a wonderful meal with all our children and whanau enjoying the kai.

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Matariki Celebration at TopKids George Street Part Two!

Recently, Kids to Five George held a movie night to celebrate Matariki. To continue this celebration the centre also hosted a boil up along with fried bread and dough boys! The children’s whanau came to help cook, enjoy the food and interact with other children and family. It was a wonderful celebration everyone really enjoyed!

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ABC Hayman Park Celebrates Matariki

ABC Hayman Park strongly believes in the importance of nurturing and respecting the wider community. This is why for Matariki, they decided to dedicate their time to the Koroua of Palms Rest Home. The children here at ABC Hayman Park worked hard in making this occasion something special. The Tui room made some extraordinary Matariki […]

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