Fun hol­i­day pro­gramme with Stan

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

A solo dad, who un­der­stands the pres­sure of find­ing child­care dur­ing hol­i­days is help­ing par­ents find so­lu­tions.

Stan Aranga, dad to three chil­dren, is run­ning two, week-long hol­i­day pro­grammes, one that started this week and in Jan­uary, called ‘‘Hol­i­day Pro­grammes with Stan’’.

As a dad, he un­der­stands how hard it can be for par­ents to find care for chil­dren once the school hol­i­days com­mence.

‘‘Some peo­ple don’t have fam­ily who can help and you can end up ask­ing the same friends over and over to take the kids. I know what that’s like, to strug­gle to find care.’’

Aranga is pas­sion­ate about serv­ing, com­mu­nity, and em­pow­er­ing chil­dren.

He works part-time at Mata­mata New World dur­ing the school term, as well as teach­ing te reo Maori and kapa haka at Mata­mata, Wal­ton and Firth pri­mary schools. He is also a teacher at As­pire Dance Academy in hip hop, drama and soon mu­si­cal theatre.

Aranga de­cided rather than go into full­time work once the term ended, he would turn his pas­sions into an act of ser­vice, as well as be­ing an­other in­come stream.

‘‘It’s time for me to fo­cus on my pas­sions rather than just go to a job. I love to em­power kids and I re­ally feel that’s where ed­u­ca­tion is fail­ing in not mak­ing young peo­ple feel like lead­ers, that’s why I love kapa haka so much, my kids feel em­pow­ered.’’

The hol­i­day pro­grammes, for seven-to-13 year olds, started Mon­day this week till Fri­day, and again from Jan­uary 23-27 at the Mata­mata Pri­mary School Hall from 9am-3pm. He says kids don’t need to go five days a week, just the day or days they want to at­tend.

Aranga, with Ly­dia-Rose Louw, will be teach­ing dance, drama and a bit of art for the chil- dren who may like to make Christ­mas gifts. The Jan­uary pro­gramme will be more sports fo­cused.

Through his work at the schools, he has al­ready com­pleted po­lice checks, so he says par­ents should feel con­fi­dent in not only his abil­ity to take care of the chil- dren, but that they will be safe.

He will only be tak­ing 15 chil­dren per-day and through his Face­book page, he has al­ready gen­er­ated a huge amount of in­ter­est.

He says he is al­ways avail­able to dis­cuss the pro­gramme with par­ents.

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