Addition of a new whare 'special' for play group
The latest addition to the children's playground at the Maungakaramea Playcentre - Te Whare Iti - was blessed earlier this month by four students from Tauraroa Area School.
The students, Madison Johnstone, Ashleigh Mansell, Hayden Mansell and Riley Goffin, were part of the school kapa haka and lead the powhiri and several waiata for the playcentre youngsters.
"It was a very special moment... and a real credit to the kapa haka students who did an excellent job as ambassadors of their school," says parent Kerry Marinkovich.
For many of the playgroup it was their first ever powhiri.
"Te Whare Iti is a stunning mini marae, Marinkovich says. "It creates a magical little space for the children to use, and they have already embraced it as their own special place to play."
The whare was built by the students of the The Vocational Primary Industries year 12 class at Tauraroa Area School with support from teachers Jeremy Hill and Greg Walker.
"It is a great example of what community life is like out in Maungakaramea."
Playcentre mum Jess Southee, played a major role in organising the new whare to replace the old favourite "Wendy" house which had slowly become unsafe after years of being out in the weather.
The year 12 students also upgraded some of the wooden storage units at the centre.
Maungakaramea Playcentre is grateful to the students at Tauraroa Area School for creating such a beautiful whare for the young tamariki of the community.