Kapa Ora kicks off week

Nadine Young and Ra Dallas, of Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, get organised for Monday's school holiday programme, Kapa Ora, which includes making poi, waiata (singing) and traditional Maori games, at South Alive's The Pod in South Invercargill. Photo: Supplied

ALL events will be free at South Alive’s school holiday programme next month.

Held at the community rooms, nearby community park and basketball courts, the programme will be held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the first week of the school holidays, then on Monday, Thursday and Friday the second week.

From Library Storytime to Girls’ Self Defence, there was bound to be something for all ages, South Alive community development and operations manager Courtney Ellison said.

“The community rooms, nearby community park and outside will be abuzz with two weeks of school holiday fun for children of all ages.”

The last school holiday programme in July proved so popular, the South Alive team decided to put on another calendar of events, she said.

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

Mrs Ellison said the team at South Alive was excited to be partnering with some awesome local organisations to bring more fun, free activities to rangitahi (young people) these school holidays.

Nadine Young and Ra Dallas, of Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, will start the two-week programme with Kapa Ora on Monday, which will give children of all ages the opportunity to make poi, then use their creations during waiata (singing), and also learn traditional Maori games.

Korari, the Maori Public Health team at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, was committed to building stronger communities and whanau.

Korari kaimahi Ra Dallas said sharing toi Maori is one way whanau can connect to culture.

“Whanau activities enhance well-being.

“We are stronger together.”

Stories from books will be read to children and songs sung by preschoolers and early primary school-aged children during Library Storytime on Wednesday.

The next day, hosted by emergency services – Safety In Action, including an earthquake simulation, which was aimed at primary school-aged children, will be held on Thursday.

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

The second week will begin with Raranga (weaving) with Justine Harden on Monday, October 11, with two sessions.

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 workshop aimed at Year 10-13 girls on the Thursday (October 14) and Friday (15) by phoning 03 218 6882 or emailing info@southalive.org.nz

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

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