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Children’s Day celebrations

Last updated 13:36 28/02/2014
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Children's day is celebrated on the first Sunday of March in New Zealand.

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First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1954, Children's Day was created to encourage all countries to institute a day to initiate action that will benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.

In New Zealand Children's Day is officially held on the first Sunday of March.

Youngsters are being celebrated at Motat as part of Children's Day on March 2. 

There will be lots of activities to keep children entertained including a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, old-fashioned lolly-maker, mini fire engine rides and face painting. 

Visitors will also have access to the regular exhibitions and experiences like tram rides. 

Entry for children under-17 is by gold coin donation (under-5s free) with all proceeds going to the Child Cancer Foundation. See motat.org.nz.

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The Helensville Women's Centre will host its 7th Childrens Day Out on March 16 from 10am to 1pm. 

The free event for children aged 0-12 and their families will be held at Te Whare Oranga O Parakai (former Parakai Tavern). Come and join in the activities, performances and support the district's schools and community organisations. Contact michaela@hwfc.co.nz for more information or to register to have a stall on the day.

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Safekids Aotearoa and the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee encourages families to celebrate Children's Day by assessing how safe their children are at home, on the road, around moving vehicles, and in the presence of alcohol.

''It's not only a day for families to have fun together. It's also a good opportunity to show children they are valued by making sure they are not exposed to risks that can cause lifelong or even fatal injuries,'' Ann Weaver, Director of Safekids Aotearoa says.

Safekids Aotearoa safety messages: 

Driveway safety
. Check for children before driving off. Always supervise children around vehicles and separate play areas from driveways.

Passenger safety. It's safer to wait until children are 148cm before they use an adult seatbelt. Make sure children are travelling in correctly installed child restraints that are right for their size, age and weight.

Cycling and scooter safety. Always make them wear a helmet and make sure it is worn correctly.

Safe sleeping. Babies are safest when sleeping on their backs so they can breathe unobstructed in their own cot, bassinet, pepi pod or wahakura- and with no bedding that may cover their faces. Also ensure the person looking after a baby is sober and alert to their needs.

Go to safekids.org.nz for more information about keeping children safe. 

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