Highly Commended Whānau Award 2019

Congratulations to Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hokitika, Highly Commended Whānau Award recipient for 2019, presented at the AGM in May.

The Kidsfirst Kindergartens Better Because Value Awards, recognise the kindergartens, early learning centres and individuals who epitomise our core values.

Our values are very important to us as an association and we're so proud to be able to celebrate them in this way. Whānau is all about people. It's about making and maintaining connections – because at the core, that's what we're all about.

The team at Kidsfirst Hokitika have had a bicultural journey that has led them to recognise their responsibility in taking action for real change to highlight the status of tangata whenua in their community.

Building on previous Matariki (Maori New Year) celebrations, the team decided to “go big” and invite the wider whānau and community to learn and celebrate with them.

They saw this as an opportunity to share the stories of Matariki, paying respect to the unique land on which we live. This small kindergarten with a roll of 30 children brought in 100 guests for their celebration – where they sang waiata, performed poi and haka, learned the Matariki jive from local high school students, and feasted on shared kai.

Congratulations Kidsfirst Hokitika!



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Email: betterbecause@kidsfirst.org.nz

Phone: 03 338 1303 or 0800 4 KIDSFIRST  (0800 454 373)

Postal Details: Kidsfirst Kindergartens, PO Box 8089, Christchurch 8440

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