On Saturday, 8th December, Central Kids Tūrangi held a Community Event to celebrate our 50th Birthday/Reunion. We had an amazing turnout, tamariki and whānau alike had an amazing time!
We started our day with our Pōwhiri, followed by a show by our Magicians Bill and Marlene Seagraves. We had an obstacle course run by the Whaea, the tamariki finished this and were able to make their own ice creams in our ice cream parlour as well as receiving a medal form Whaea Amy! The girls were able to karaoke throughout the morning and our tamariki performed their kapa haka to all our manuhiri, followed by the wonderful Tūrangi Karate Club that helped the ringawera.
We had a lovely sit down kai, Terry Downes sang for us all during our lunch. We then had our speeches and Lesley Winsloe, our original Teacher here from 1968 along with one of our current tamariki cut the amazing cake!
We wish to thank First Sovereign Trust, Tūrangi Tongariro Community Grants and Mayor David Trewavas for their generous Grants to help us have such a successful event. We would also like to thank Tūwharetoa Health, Kai Tiaki Kuru Whānau Trust for your wonderful koha. Another thank you to AME Solutions, Oasis Motel, Rust, Lakeland House Restaurant, Tongariro Medispa and One Craft Fox for your generous donations for our raffle to help raise funds for our event.
A huge thank you to Te Takinga New, Kaumatua Tuatea Smallman, Terry Downes, Tūrangi Karate Club, Tūrangi Fire Crew and to all our parents/whānau and those whānau who came from Central Kids Head Office, who without your help this birthday/reunion would not have been possible!