Gráinne encourages whānau to celebrate Children's Day - Te Rā o ngā Tamariki
Let's celebrate Children's Day
Kia ora tatou koutou
Every day the world celebrates all sorts of international awareness days, from the International Day of Peace to Zero Discrimination Day, World Mental Health Day and even Talk like a Pirate Day.
While these awareness days are all interesting, the day I think clearly brings the most joy and aroha is Children’s Day - Te Rā o ngā Tamariki. Children’s Day is held every year on the first Sunday of March, which this year is Sunday, 1 March. It’s our national day to celebrate children, and to share ideas and resources about how we can enhance their lives.
Get involved with your whānau
Now in its 20th year, Children’s Day has always been driven by communities throughout Aotearoa. Events and activities are run by local groups such as councils, non-government organisations, churches, libraries and schools. They range from teddy bears’ picnics and superhero dress-up parties, to family expos and councils organising events and activities.
Not only is it a great opportunity to take your whānau out for a day of fun, but you can also connect with people and organisations in your community who work hard to support children and young people.
There are also some fantastic free resources you can download on the Children’s Day website to use with tamariki at any time. These include print-out animal masks, chatterboxes and puppets, and other fun colouring-in activities.
Please encourage your colleagues and friends to celebrate the day; and if you are posting any pictures or clips on social media don’t forget to tag them #ChildrensDayNZ