Little Tamariki in the Community Garden

4th Jan 2024

Little Tamariki Montessori Preschool asked if they could be involved in a project at the community garden. We made a plan for the children to plant out the tee-pee with a modified version of 3 sister planting: Sunflowers instead of corn, beans and squash (in this case, kamokamo).The planting plan creates a special space where the children and the community can visit and enjoy, while providing a fun learning environment for the children.

So far, the tamariki have come and planted the seeds, then returned to plant the seedlings into the garden. They will come back to harves the beans, kamokamo and sunflowers, completing the cycle of sowing, growing, caring and harvesting.

We love opportunities to work with our community to support hands on learning - if you have any Community Garden questions, get in touch with our guru Chloe on 027 443 4843.

Beginner Woodworking Class

1st Jan 2024

Over a period of 6 weeks, a group of 8 passionate beginner woodworkers met to create a charcuterie board. Local tutor Max Scattergood supported each lperson to familiarise themselves with a range of hand and power tools, implementing a joint assessment where both the learner and the tutor agreed the learner was competent and confident in using the tools safely and effectively. 

Each person designed and created their own charcuterie board with some gorgeous examples completed at the end of the course. 

The Kaikōura Community Shed was the venue for the group, and it is hoped that a Woodworking Club will grow from this course, with ongoing use of the Shed.

Thanks to REAP Marlborough for their support. Keep an eye out for the next class, beginning early in 2024.

Xmas Crafts

18th Dec 2023

We had a lovely session creating ornaments and painting our own wrapping paper at our Christmas Crafts session on the 13th December. We used homemade salt dough for the ornaments and after they cooled, painted them in different themes and colours! 

Kayaking Adventures

8th Dec 2023

Thanks to the Sport Tasman Tu Manawa Fund, we were able to take two groups of 6 young people pedal kayaking with Seal Kayaks. Not only were these young people able to experience something new but they also got to learn about our moana and the sea creatures that reside in it. Everyone had such a good time splashing and jumping off the kayaks for a swim.

Celebrating Education!

5th Dec 2023

Te Hā o Mātauranga held their end of year celebration on 4th December for their Te Kura ākonga (students). The ākonga were acknowledged for their strengths, their growth over the year and for the hard work that has led to academic success. 

The night was great fun, with the students contributing to the evenings activities. Keepa Timms cooked up a storm with Mark Paterson and fed the 40 or so attendees a delicious meal they prepared during the day. Kara Smith mc'd the night, with confidence and flair, leading the crowd in activities as well as acknowledging the Te Hā staff. Grace Jellyman and Allie McLaren led the evenings karakia and Kyson Manawatu sung with a voice like velvet, entertaining the crowd with a soulful rendition of Elvis Presley's In the Ghetto. 

A place like Te Hā o Mātauranga relies on support from community and some of those were thanked during the night such as James Bishop from New World supermarket and Paul Threadgill who has volunteered all year. An added bonus was a speech from the Mayor who also vacuumed the Upper Room expertly to help with the clean-up. 


Mother-4-Mother Breastfeeding Supporters

4th Dec 2023

Te Hā o Mātauranga and REAP Marlborough were approached to support the local midwife and Plunket to run a Breastfeeding Peer Support class. 

Sometimes the best advice for breastfeeding mothers comes from other mothers with breastfeeding experience. The Mother-4-Mother Breastfeeding Peer Support Programme is a Canterbury-wide service. Trained peer supporters attend breastfeeding support groups and provide one-to-one help when needed.

A Mother-4-Mother supporter can help you by:

  • providing breastfeeding information during your pregnancy
  • helping you to find solutions to challenges via telephone, txt, email and face to face
  • assisting you join a breastfeeding group in your area, so that you can meet other mothers
  • referring you to health professionals if required, e.g. lactation consultants

We were thrilled to be involved in the delivery of this peer support / peer counsellors programme. Having local wahine able to connect with mums who are new to breastfeeding, to support them as needed, is massive for our community. 

YCD pool party

27th Nov 2023

The sun came out for our Lateral youth/YCD pool party!! With free entry, free sausage sizzle, fades and braids, a DJ and heaps of fun in the pool!! Around 150 people came along on the day and joined in.

Thanks Youth & Cultural Development and Kaikoura Aquatic Centre for the awesome afternoon in the sun! Thanks to the funders too - Ministry of Youth Development - New Zealand and Sport Tasman. Most of all - thanks to everyone who came along to make it a stunning arvo!

Successfully Teaching Adults

13th Nov 2023

We were very lucky to have Jennifer Leahy supported by Tai from ACE Aotearoa (Adult and Community Education) come to Kaikōura to deliver a one day workshop on Successfully Teaching Adults. The course aims were for participants to:

  • understand key ideas about teaching adults
  • include a range of adult teaching skills in their course selections
  • create adult teaching sessions that appeal to all learners
  • improve teaching practices resulting in an improvement in ACE learner outcomes

This opportunity was intended to inspire and upskill people who work with adults in our community - and it certainly did! Jennifer and Tai provided a professional presentation with genuine connection and humour. Interweaving the skills and tips throughout the day, participants did a little theory learning, a little acting, a little competing and gained a lot of really usable knowledge. 

If you get the chance to attend one of these workshops in the future, we highly recommend taking up the opportunity!

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