Holiday activities come alive

Cat Manera helps her daughter Ivy (4), of Invercargill, make poi at Kapa Ora during the South Alive school holiday programme on Monday.
Cyrus (5) and Storm Hereaka-Young (8), of Invercargill, make poi with help from their mother Nicky Young.

MAKING poi and learning waiata (songs) to perform were highlights for children during Kapa Ora, which kicked off week one of South Alive’s school holiday programme on Monday.

South Alive community development and operations manager Courtney Ellison said about 20 children enjoyed the activities during Kapa Ora and were excited and pleased to take their poi home.

“It was a good number for our community spaces… and the children had a really good time.”

Held at the community rooms, the nearby community park and basketball courts, the rest of the programme will be held today and tomorrow, as well as Monday, Thursday and Friday next week.

Safety In Action, hosted by emergency services, including an earthquake simulation which was aimed at primary school-aged children, will be held today, from 1pm-3pm.

Upcoming artists will be given “free range” during the Chalk Art event tomorrow (Friday) on the basketball court alongside The Pantry in Grace St.

The second week will begin with Raranga (weaving) with Justine Harden with two sessions on Monday. The 10.30am session, for primary aged pupils, while the 1pm session was for secondary-aged pupils. Participants will learn how to weave, the history behind what they make and be able to take their creations home.

Children and teenagers could turn up to the array of events, however due to limited spaces, registrations were needed from those wanting to attend the two -day Girls’ Self Defence next Thursday and Friday by phoning 03 218 6882 or emailing

All events were free during the holiday programme.

However, due to the Covid-19 alert levels, there may be a limit on numbers.

Parental supervision was required for children aged 14 and under, Mrs Ellison said.

  • For a full programme, go to the South Alive Facebook page.