Children’s Day connects communities

Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki — Children’s Day.

How do you connect communities? The people.

Each year, Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki (Children’s Day) is celebrated on the first Sunday in March.

The planning team for Children’s Day is pleased to invite our community to reconnect with this amazing kaupapa, and each other, at our free event on Sunday, from 1pm to 4pm.

It is an opportunity for families and communities to celebrate and nurture the children of New Zealand.

The day is as much a celebration of children as an opportunity to engage all New Zealanders to think about their responsibility to support the lives of tamariki in their communities.

Come along to the MLT Events Centre and Gore Multisports Complex/Aquatic Centre for an afternoon of swimming, face painting, basketball, pickleball, arts and crafts, sausage sizzle, activity packs, a special appearance from Jimmy the Marvel and his magic show and Levi Goodall with his Freestyle BMX Stunt Show.

Eastern Southland Riding for the Disabled (RDA) will be there with pony and cart rides, the Giant Southland Monopoly Board will be out for some friendly whanau competition, Active Southland will have the Playler and equipment, Hokonui Huanui are bringing their outdoor games – giant Connect Four anyone?

We are all about connecting.

The Gore Kids Hub will be open for all to enjoy the playground, check out the Toy Library and Playcentre, and the Parents Centre will have a quiet spot for feeding and changing.

Did I mention it’s all free?

That’s right, there is no charge.

Just bring yourselves, a water bottle, perhaps a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun with your family.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for believing in the kaupapa, and their commitment to the community, and to our partner agencies, organisations, volunteers and groups who, on top of their regular workload, bring all of this together.

How do you connect communities? The people.