The hebe has become Kidsfirst’s symbol of resilience, especially following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Hebe’s are named after the Greek goddess of youth and spring. Native to New Zealand, there are over 90 different species of hebe and they are commonly used in gardens to attract butterflies.
Kidsfirst Hornby have recently adopted this tradition to mark a special occasion. Those turning five and moving on to school receive a gift – their very own hebe.
The first proud recipient was Tovie. Her whānau was invited along to watch fond memories being made.
“Thanks to a local supplier Trees for Canterbury, we have been gifted fifteen hebe plants for our first fifteen children,” says Head Teacher, Bernadette Dawson.
What a great way for our five-year old tamariki to take a part of Kidsfirst with them.