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Kindy moderating Matariki under Covid

Posted at 12:17pm Tuesday 14 Jul, 2020

A Kindergarten hangi, prepared in slow cookers, was held at Stanmore Bay Kindergarten on June 25 to celebrate Matariki.

Head teacher Stacey Sainty says the kindy normally stages a Glow in the Dark Art Exhibition for Matariki, with the children performing kapa haka, followed by a hangi, often for more than 200 people.

“The preparation for this takes more than a term so this year the teachers had to rethink how to celebrate as Covid had interrupted the flow and they were not willing to let this auspicious occasion go without a celebration,” Stacey says. The children helped with the preparation of the vegetables, and used their own grown produce where available. “Matariki at Stanmore Bay Kindergarten is a time to gather together with love and kindness to celebrate the Maori New Year.”

Stacey added that the kindy offers a ‘Stay and Play' Friday morning session from 9am to 10.30am for anyone wanting to visit and to support transitioning children.

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