Kidsfirst Nuffield kindergarten welcome extended whānau for Matariki celebrations..
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For Matariki at Kidsfirst Nuffield, tamariki welcomed their whānau and entertained them with waiata (song), poi, rākau (stick games) and a haka - especially written for the kindergarten by Huhana Carter (our previous bicultural advisor).
“Our celebrations centred on whānau and giving thanks,” says Teacher, Rachel Ryan. “The tamariki, nga kaiako and whānau helpers had also made soup and kumara bread to share.”
“Everyone really enjoyed getting together and it was a great chance to make connections with new families,” adds Rachel.
“Our tamariki will continue to practice their waiata, haka, poi and rakau, as they are looking to perform again, this time for a local school, when they visit us!”
“We are also currently collecting non-perishable food items, to donate to ‘Help for the homeless’ which we do every year as part of Matariki. It teaches the children the importance of giving back and caring for our wider community and promotes whanaungatanga, engagement with and responsibility for others.”
Matariki is a time for whānau to come together to reflect on their relationships, to remember their Whakapapa (ancestors) and to celebrate being part of the collective (whanaungatanga).
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.