Hol­i­day helpers muck in at kindy

Stu­dents lend a hand af­ter storm

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Tairangi Kinder­garten was last week vis­ited by a spe­cial clean-up crew, who helped to tidy up af­ter the June 20 storm.

Teacher Ula Tu­sani said a work­ing bee was planned, but the kindy strug­gled to find par­ents who could take part.

‘‘We still had the mess around the place from the storm, so we put it out to the com­mu­nity, to see if there was any­one who could help.’’

Mrs Tu­sani said she was grate­ful to get a re­sponse from Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group in Wai­tan­girua.

The group sent eight stu­dents aged 11 to 18 to help as part of a com­mu­nity-fo­cused hol­i­day pro­gramme.

Dur­ing their eight-hour visit, the group trimmed trees, pulled out weeds, swept and picked up rub­bish left from the storm.

‘‘Th­ese lit­tle kids need to be ac­knowl­edged for what they did,’’ Mrs Tu­sani said.

‘‘It was a big job for a small group. [They] did a lot and with­out pay.

‘‘I’m very grate­ful. It’s not some­thing all chil­dren will do.’’

Youth men­tor Findlay Sia­nia said the pro­gramme was a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to meet new peo­ple, while help­ing the com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing their week-long hol­i­day pro­gramme, par­tic­i­pants cleared rub­bish from Wai­tan­girua Mall and painted a mu­ral at the back of the mall, Mr Sia­nia said.

‘‘We can al­ways have fun by work­ing to­gether [and] en­joy­ing the out­doors.’’

Tidy Ki­wis: Help­ful stu­dents helped to tidy up Tairangi Kinder­garten dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

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