This was the big day that we had all been waiting for, the opening of the newly refurbished section of our playground. The children have watched in anticipation behind a safety fence over the last two or three weeks as the workers brought in a crane, digger, concrete mixer, chain saw and a host of other equipment as they constructed a lovely new nature area for the tamariki to enjoy.
Local Kaumātua attended the opening. Mrs Broadhurst was very much part of a team of committed locals who fundraised to open the Kindergarten in 1970 and Matua Rawiri lived next door at the time. Matua Rawiri did a blessing/karakia before the opening ribbon was cut by Chardaye and Brite-eyes assisted by their Auntie Jezz.
There are lots of different textures and surfaces for everyone to explore. The area also includes a large blackboard and mirrored area for face painting, a bug hotel and lots of space for growing our own kai. Thanks to Charm’s mum Talia who arrived with a large variety of plants to get us started.