Kindy’s glow­ing Matariki

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A glow in the dark dis­play of colour­ful art­work was the high­light of Stan­more Bay Kindergarten’s Matariki cel­e­bra­tions.

The event saw par­ents and pupils en­joy the kindergarten in a to­tally dif­fer­ent light; night time.

One of North­ern Auck­land Kindergarten As­so­ci­a­tion’s cen­tres, the kindy is pas­sion­ate about their com­mu­nity and cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cesses of the ta­mariki, head teacher Stacey Sainty says.

‘‘Matariki is a per­fect time to demon­strate that pas­sion as it is tra­di­tion­ally a time to cel­e­brate be­ing to­gether, to sing and dance, to share sto­ries and to have a joint feast,’’ she said.

Pupils shared per­for­mances of wa­iata, and the ‘‘highly an­tic­i­pated’’ glow in the dark art ex­hi­bi­tion was a hit with fam­i­lies, Sainty said.

‘‘It was a great chance for the ta­mariki to show off all of their hard work in cre­at­ing some amaz­ing art pieces. The ta­mariki learned new tech­niques along the way and it was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial to share their mahi with their loved ones.’’

A te mahi kai pre­pared by the com­mit­tee and cooked in a kai cooker was shared by all fol­low­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion. Sainty says the event - which raised funds for the kindergarten - was made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity and spon­sor­ship of Tegel NZ, Whanga­paraoa Fruit World, Count­down and Pak ‘n Save.

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The glow in the dark ex­hi­bi­tion was a colour­ful hit.

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