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Oranga gets together for family fun

05 Apr 2024
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From becoming police officers to building homes, our tamariki got to try it all at Te Papapa Primary School’s Family Fun Night.

Hosted by the school’s Parent Teacher Association, about 40 people got together last month “for an evening filled with connection, joy and a shared sense of belonging,” says Rosita Faavesi Sua, Kāinga Ora Community Development and Engagement Coordinator.

“This gave our families the opportunity to engage with various community organisations and initiatives, and to build stronger ties and support networks,” Rosita says.

Interactive stalls by Family Law, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Variety NZ and the Anglican Trust for Women and Children were on offer, with valuable information and resources tailored to our community's needs.

“From legal guidance to support for caregivers and children, these organisations really highlighted the importance of collective wellbeing and solidarity,” Rosita says.

Te Papapa walking school bus and the New Zealand Police were also there to build positive relationships and grow a sense of safety and connection within the community.

With Constable Tineke McKenzie, tamariki enjoyed games and were able to try on police hats and vests. Then it was over to the Oranga Development stall, where they built homes from Lego and took part in a colouring activity – before being awarded an easter egg from the Oranga Community Centre for their efforts. While the children were entertained, parents had the opportunity to chat with the team about what’s happening in their neighbourhood as part of the Oranga Development.

“Family Fun Night was a great way for us all to get together and grow the shared values that already make this a great place to live, and that will also help us reach our aspirations for an even more vibrant and inclusive community in the future,” Rosita says.

“It’s really important for us at Kāinga Ora not only to engage with the community, but to also whakawhanaungatanga and be a part of our community.”