Children's Day stories show the best things in life are free

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014

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This Sunday is the annual celebration of Children's Day in New Zealand, with about 100 events planned across the country to mark the occasion.

One Government agency doing its bit to celebrate the day in Taranaki is New Plymouth's Child Youth and Family (CYF) office.

Youth Justice manager Sharon Johnson, who has been with the service for 25 years, said staff at the site were committed to their tradition of being involved.

"Every year we've done something on Children's Day," she said.

Mrs Johnson said their idea this year was to read story books to children who turn up to their event.

"We're making it quite simple," she said.

She said the idea was motivated by a desire to show people that time spent with children was important.

"The best things in life are the things that don't cost money," she said.

She said although CYF staff worked with some of the most at-risk children in the district as part of their job, staff were giving up their personal time to be involved this weekend.

"We enjoy doing it," Mrs Johnson said.

She said although children should be celebrated every day, she considered it a privilege to be involved with initiatives like Children's Day.

"It is nice to see children being happy," she said.

CHILDREN'S DAY EVENTS IN TARANAKI

Today: PAUA (Preschoolers At Home Uniquely Achieving) has organised a morning play date at Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth. Face painting and a chance to see the animals is on offer from 10.30am-12.30pm. Bring a picnic. Sunday: Hawera Playcentre has organised a fun day to be held at King Edward Park on High Street, Hawera from 10.30am-2pm. Activities include a dress up your bike competition, sausage sizzle, community picnic and spot prizes. A story-telling session organised by Child Youth and Family will be held at the Coastal Walkway playground near the Wind Wand in New Plymouth from 10am-12pm. 

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