Fun day all about chil­dren

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Fun, fam­ily, food and fun ac­tiv­i­ties were a great com­bi­na­tion for Kaitaia’s 2019 Chil­dren’s Day.

Held at the Kaitaia Me­mo­rial Park and Town Pools last Satur­day, the event was co-or­di­nated by Te Ru¯nanga O Te Rarawa with the theme ‘Putting ta­mariki first’.

The park and pools were a buzz with a num­ber of wha¯nau turn­ing out to en­joy and cel­e­brate a great day, co-or­di­na­tor Stacey Reddy said.

The event in­cluded stalls with ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided for ta­mariki by Shine on Kaitaia, youth lead­er­ship group Aro­tahi, plus providers Far North REAP, Te Hiku Hauora, Build­ing Safer Com­mu­ni­ties, Plun­ket, Whiria Te Muka, Sal­va­tion Army and NZ Po­lice.

The stage was a ma­jor at­trac­tion with Te Rarawa’s “out­stand­ing” MC Mihi Henare, keep­ing ta­mariki and wha¯nau en­ter­tained through­out the fun day.

Sound tech Derek Ash­ley en­sured ev­ery­thing ran smoothly.

En­ter­tainer Miss Kihi was a spe­cial guest for the day, while vo­cal­ist Ca­nary Her­bert got ev­ery­one into the groove with a cou­ple of songs.

The tug-of-war was a hit, with par­ents ea­ger to com­pete against com­mu­nity providers, along with three-legged races and other ac­tiv­i­ties de­liv­ered by the So­cial Work­ers in Schools team.

Free

food —

in­clud­ing The Kaitaia Me­mo­rial Park and Town Pools were over­flow­ing with fam­ily for the Chil­dren’s Day cel­e­bra­tion.

sausages, fresh fruit and cold wa­ter — were avail­able most of the day cour­tesy of Bells Pro­duce, Oranga Ta­mariki, Work and In­come and Kaitaia Po­lice.

Give­aways and spot prizes were also a plenty thanks to the gen­er­ous dona­tions and spon­sor­ship re­ceived by Noel Leem­ing, Open the Cur­tains, The Ware­house, Kaitaia Fam­ily Bud­get­ing Ser­vice and The Men’s Shed, Sadie Tahi­tahi, Far North Surf Shop and Mauri.

The event was also sup­ported by Far North Dis­trict

Coun­cil, Liquor King (who pro­vided a chiller), Toll Group and CBEC.

“It was un­de­ni­able this was a day of cel­e­bra­tion for our ta­mariki, with smiles ev­ery­where you looked,” Ms Reddy said.

“Te Rarawa would like to thank and ac­knowl­edge ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted, par­tic­i­pated and played a key role in mak­ing the Chil­dren’s Day a suc­cess for our com­mu­nity, wha¯nau and, most im­por­tantly, our ta­mariki.” Five un­sealed Far North roads are to col­lec­tively un­dergo $1 mil­lion of seal­ing, funded en­tirely by ratepay­ers.

Nor­mally, new seal­ing at­tracts a sub­sidy from the NZ Trans­port Agency, but the agency’s cri­te­ria are very strict, and many un­sealed roads don’t reach the re­quired thresh­old, so last year the Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil voted to spend $1 mil­lion of its own funds each year for the next 10 years on seal ex­ten­sions when it adopted its long-term plan 2018-28.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided in De­cem­ber which roads would get seal ex­ten­sions this year. Con­tracts were awarded in Jan­uary, and work is sched­uled for com­ple­tion be­fore June.

Mayor John Carter said the roads had been cho­sen us­ing a pri­or­ity ma­trix de­vel­oped for the 2019 bud­get al­lo­ca­tion. De­ci­sions were based on the pres­ence of schools, marae, health cen­tres and sports fa­cil­i­ties. High lev­els of forestry traf­fic and dust, the num­ber of homes, num­ber of com­plaints re­ceived and whether roads were used as de­tour routes were also taken into ac­count.

“For fu­ture al­lo­ca­tions, we will ask the North­land Trans­porta­tion Al­liance to in­de­pen­dently de­velop a pri­ori­ti­sa­tion ma­trix that com­pares road­ing needs dis­trict-wide,” Mr Carter said, adding the coun­cil un­der­stood that seal­ing was a pri­or­ity for many res­i­dents.

“Like them, I would like to see all the dis­trict’s roads sealed. Un­for­tu­nately, the fi­nan­cial bur­den for ratepay­ers would be crip­pling, adding up to $14,000 to each rates bill. In the mean­time, this pro­gramme of un­sub­sidised road seal­ing will bring some re­lief to fam­i­lies liv­ing on roads that just fall short of NZTA fund­ing cri­te­ria.”

The seal­ing pro­gramme for 2018/19 was: Okahu Rd (done). Fair­burn Rd, RAPID num­bers 9028 to 10327; Pawarenga Rd, 200m at RAPID num­ber 1207; Otan­garoa Rd, RAPID num­bers 6006 to 6284; Pu­nakitere Loop Rd, RAPID num­bers 3060 to 3160, 4685 to 5035.

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