Panui No. 6 2017

Panui No. 6 2017

Culture Change Workshops

Cissy Rock, Change Programme Manager, will be visiting Christchurch next week to facilitate a workshop to discuss and work with our members to create a culture for the new structure.

This is to be held Wednesday 10 May, 10am-1pm, Waimairi Road Community Centre, 166 Waimairi Road, Ilam, Christchurch where Avonhead Playcentre is located.

For more inforamtion regarding this workshop, please click here

Matariki 2017

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year.

Many iwi speak of the seven Matariki stars as a mother and her daughters: The mother is Matariki, and her daughters are Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā, and Ururangi.

For some iwi, Matariki is connected to the creation story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku: one Matariki story is about when Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind, discovered that his parents, Ranginui,  and Papatūānuku,  had been separated. He tore out his eyes in anger and threw them into the sky – the stars are his seven eyes.

Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the whenua we live on. It is a special time to celebrate the customs and art forms and uniqueness of Māori culture. It is the coming together of whānau and friends and of sharing each other’s skills, achievements and history. Celebrations include story telling, song and dance, carving and weaving, ancient ceremonies and passing on knowledge and history. Throughout Matariki we learn about those who came before us: whakapapa, whānau, iwi - our history, our family, our bones.

Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change, a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.

This year Matariki begins on the 25th June. Now is the time to start to think about how your centre is going to celebrate Matariki this year!

The Greatest Game of Quiz

Please come and join in a very fun Quiz night - Sunday 7 May.  Lots of amazing prizes up for grabs. Click here for all the information. The competition is already hotting up with centres pitched against each other. Are you smarter than a ten year old?  Get your team organised and vie for the title of the 'brains' of Playcentre!

Grants Time

Don't forget it's time to be thinking about applying for grants for your centres. 

COGS funding opens 12 April and closes 24 May 2017.  Each centre must apply online in their own right. Follow the link below to make your centres application.  If you need any advice please call  Debbie at CPA.

Rata Fountation grants will need to be applied for in term 2 2017. This funder requires CPA to collate all individual Playcentres requests into one application.  Add this to the agenda for the next centre meeting - dicsuss what you would like to apply for, make a minute resoultion, get quotes and please have all this information to Jessamy or Debbie at CPA by 31 May 2017.

This may be the last opportunity for CPA to apply to this organisation as once the almagamation takes place we will be a national organisation and that changes  which funders we are eligible to apply to.  Think Big!!  Please check the link below for futher information as to what type of resources have been more successfully funded in the past

Any questions please email Jessamy Davis - or Debbie Smail -

Or for more information click here

Term Dates

Term dates:
Please mark these dates in your Playcentre Calendar(currently listed incorrectly)

Term 2 - starts 1st May, ends 7th July

Term 3 - starts 24th July, ends 29th September

Term 4 - starts 16th October, ends no later than 20th December

Education and Professional Development Opportunites for Term 2

Heaps of cool stuff coming up in Term 2 for everyone to take advantage of.  Its really important with the changes that are taking place within our organisation that centres and whanau have as much knowledge as possible to enable adequate session requirements going forward. Enrol now and complete the next course before its too late!

For more information on whats coming up click here.

Kidsfest 2017

Dont forget Kidsfest Saturday 8-22 July 2017. Well done to the centres who have taken this awesome opportunity to showcase their centre by participating.  Check out the Kidsfest website for more details as they come to hand

Posted: Monday 1 May 2017