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ABC Raureka raise thousands for Plunket

The team at ABC Raureka look forward to the Annual Plunket Appeal. We have enjoyed supporting this wonderful cause for the past few years, and this year we decided to go even bigger.  With the combined support from our children, whānau, local community and businesses we held an auction evening, which consisted of  a sausage sizzles, homemade muffins and fudge, lucky dips, spot prizes  and a raffle, that all lead into our $1 Reserve Auctions.

We were so blown away with the generosity of all involved. The team did an outstanding job at putting this event together.  From this evening we have managed to raise$2863.00 to support our local Plunket.

We would like to thank everyone involved in supporting our diverse little centre. Until next Year—Watch this space.

Big shout out to the following business that supported us.

Havelock North Fire Service, Bike Barn-Napier, Cameo Skin-Body-Beauty, Franick Chainsaw and Mower Service LTD, Indigo Napier, Holly Bacon, St Georges Restaurant, Reading Cinemas Napier, Tumu Timbers, Whakatu Coldstores LTD, McDonalds Hastings, Dusk2Dawn Sound and Lighting, Eventistry Hawkes Bay, Bidfood Hawkes Bay, Peter Johnston Distributors LTD, Baby on the move Hawkes Bay, Danelle Kendrick Photography, Renee Monique Nail Boutique, Silver Fern Farms, Lisas Lashes, Local Coffee, Best-Start and of course our wonderful whānau of ABC Raureka.


Blue Bear visit’s First Steps Papamoa

First Steps Papamoa had a great week celebrating and raising money for Plunket. We wore blues clothes, we had face painting, a bake sale and a BLUE raffle. We also had a Special Guest visit by Plunket’s Blue Bear and out Tamariki couldn’t wait to get a huge cuddle from our new friend. Our tamariki had a fantastic week and are looking forward to the next big celebration in Easter.

St Patricks Day at TopKids Pukuatua

Today at TopKids Pukuatua, we had lots of fun as we dressed up in Green, we had green paint, we had green play dough and we did green exercising out in the sunshine.

We had and Irish stew for lunch and enjoyed a fun fill day.

TopKids Pukuatua’s Blue Bear Fun Day

Today at TopKids Pukuatua, we were lucky to have the Plunket lady bring in their Big teddy to join in our teddies bear picnic, lots of children brought their special friends along and dressed up in blue to help us support Plunket with donations.

Thank you Plunket we enjoyed our day with Mr Ted.




Baking for Plunket at ABC Waikanae

At ABC Waikanae we have a bit of a reputation for putting on a good morning when ever we have tradies or other visitors at the centre.  We thought this year, for our Plunket Appeal, we would put that reputation to work and we offered Morning Tea shouts for a koha to our local businesses. The response was overwhelming.

With the support of our families we baked up a storm and on Friday morning we headed out to make our deliveries.  Our friends, all around the Waikanae area, were happy to see us and excited to sink their teeth into some delicious home baking.

We also held a Bake Sale in Mahara Place and, again, were blown away by the support from our local community.  In total we raised $583.50 for Plunket and put smiles on countless faces.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to take part in giving back to their community and making connections to their wider world; an important part of our Centre Vision.  We have been invited back to a number of the places we visited and even had more requests for morning tea.

EduKids Taradale visit Taradale Primary

This morning Max, Luke, Honor and Lawrence from EduKids Taradale went for a fun visit to Taradale Primary to see Claire the librarian! What a fantastic morning we had as Claire read us books and also sang some songs with us using special finger puppets. Honor and Lawrence recognised Claire as she was one of our awesome teachers here at Edukid’s, so they were very excited to see her!
We also got some spare time to find some books to read by ourselves and got to have a good look around the library. What a great opportunity to get out and about in our local community! These four children will be heading to Taradale primary within the next year so how exciting it was for them to get an early visit.


Early Years Petone St Patrick’s Day Competition

This week there has been a bit of healthy rivalry going on at Early Years Petone between the Woodlands (babies) and Forest (toddlers) and the Jungle (preschool)  in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Our Centre Manager set up a competition to see which team would come out on top with regards to decorating their room/space and dress ups worn by the children and team on the day. We were very keen to get all of our Wild Things big and small involved.

The children set about making decorations in green, orange and white and hanging them up for all to see.

After trading a bit of healthy banter back and forth all week about who was going to win, the day was finally here.

The Woodlands and Forest team went all out making their own team leprechaun costumes and the Jungle team opted for a bit of a mix up – some dressed up as famous Irish people and others as irish dances and rugby supporters.  The children dressed in green, some parents spending hours making costumes for their children. We even had a lovely lunch of Irish beef stew and bread.

Our judge was a full blooded Irish lass and is one of our centre parents (thank you Deirdre). She was very serious about her judging and came in with her note pad and pen to cast the deciding vote. We brought her to tears of laughter on her arrival into the centre We all jigged and sang our way through our time with the judge (a little bribery from both sides may have occurred) but the winning team on the day was the Jungle! A great effort by all and a whole lot of fun learning about just one of the cultures we have in our centre.

Relay for Life at Early Years Petone

Early Years Petone ended up raising just over $1800 for the NZ Cancer Society. We also beat our lap count from last year on the track. Last year we got round the track 150 times…this year we know we got 165+…but still waiting on a final figure to be confirmed.

Thanks to everyone who supported us with our Purple Party, the Relay Quiz and to those who came down with baking and to cheer us on during the day/night. We really appreciated the support. A huge thank you also to the team of Nutters that chose to walk around a track from 4pm Saturday till 8.30 am Sunday. You guys rock – couldn’t be prouder of the effort that you put into it.  THANK YOU!!

Writing Bug performance at TopKids Victoria

TopKids Victoria invited Sharon and Alan from the writing bug to come and perform some of their amazing Te Reo sing along books. Nga tamariki thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. There was so much learning going on during the performance as the children listened, watched and joined in. At TopKids Victoria we believe in  providing opportunities for our children to learn in many different ways and this is just one of them.

Another Hikoi by Community Kindy Richmond

On Monday, Community Kindy Richmond organised another amazing hikoi to the Taupo Community Garden for the children from Kindy to enjoy.  This hikoi come about after a successful ‘Neighborhood Day’ where a group of the Kindy children enjoyed the opportunity of gaining more knowledge to further their gardening skills, while also gathering their very own fresh produce out amongst the community.   During our second hikoi the children further learnt about seed saving, harvesting, weeding and compost waste; these being gardening methods that will come very handy in our very own Kindy garden.