Panui No. 7 2017

Panui No. 7 2017

Quiz Night Fun

What a fun night the quiz was with plenty of tricky questions and friendly competiton!  Well done to the Avonhead Old Schoolers who took out the title of 'Brains of Playcentre' - (definitely smarter than a 10 year old) closely followed by the Southbridge Team who I hear are gunning for a re-match!!

A huge Thank You to all who took part in this last fundraiser for Variety - the Childrens Charity.  As a group through the Greatest Game of Tag and all the wonderful events that centres planned around this, Canterbury Playcentres have raised a whooping $6782.45 for this very worthwhile charity.  Thank you for 'paying it forward'.

If any centres still have raised funds to be donated to Variety, this can be done either by popping into the bank or deposit online to the CPA GGOT account - 03 0823 0350 562 05, or bring to the office and we can arrange the deposit for you.  Please reference your centre and GGOT so these funds are attributed to your centre's fundraising efforts when transferred to Variety.

THANK YOU again for taking part, raising funds and having fun!

Education News

Workshop Attendance

There has been a resurgence in the numbers attending workshops.  This is fantastic news all round as Playcentre members develop and deepen their knowledge and create rich learning environments on session for their children AND ensure the sustainability of Playcentre. This increase in numbers leads to a great buzz in the workshops but also for the first time in year,s most workshops are being booked out very quickly - WOW!  This is a reminder that if you wish to attend workshops, please register online in a timerly manner or risk missing out. We are creating waiting lists so let us know your needs.  However we do respectfully ask - if for any reason you find you are unable to attend a workshop you have booked for - Please let us know asap so we can invite someone else to fill that spot.

Keep an eye on the website - for up coming workshops and events.

In Centre Course 2 Block requests Term 3

As we work towards being more whanau led, it is important to have some centre members 'in-training' at all times to achieve sustainability.  If your centre would like to know more about holding a Course 2 block at your centre, there are a few details we need so as to make good strategic decisions around location, accessibility and viability for all.  Click here for the application form and the questions to consider as a group, for your request.  For those considering a block for term 3 2017, please have your applications to us by 9 June 2017.  This allows us to plan for the best advantage for everyone.  Good idea to start thinking ahead for term 4 as well.

COGS and RATA Grants

We hope you have all received the information regarding applying to these significant funders - please check your centre gmail accounts.

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.

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

Baby Expo

This big event is happening again this year Saturday and Sunday 10-11 June 2017 @ Pioneer Stadium 9am-4pm each day.  Awesome place to find information and new ideas.

Also an awesome place to showcase Babies Can Play and Playcentre. CPA will again be running a creche throughout the weekend while the BCP team are busy spreading the word about the best early childhood organisation IN THE WORLD!!

If you can spare an hour or two during this weekend to help man the creche please contact Jen  Jen looks forward to hearing from you - Thank you.


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!

To Do

Financial Stuff

A friendly reminder to send your monthly financial statements and a copy of bank statements into us at CPA.  From now on, Centre Support Team will be collecting these.  You can send them into the office as you have been doing or to your individual Centre Support Person.

Fire Drills

A reminder to complete your fire drills next week...week 4, 22nd-26 May. On completion please send the duration of these drills to

Bulk funding

Forms have been posted out...these require a quick turn around...please complete this week and send back into the Association before 26th May. Please estimate the figures for the last week of May.

Property maintenance checks

Please complete and send into or post/hand in to the office by the 26th May. If you have any questions or need support completing these please contact Kirsty.

Mushrooms – are they invading your space??

Is your outdoor area being invaded by mushrooms and toadstools? Pulling them out and disposing them in your rubbish (not your compost) doesn’t kill the underground mycelia from where they are growing. Though, it does prevent the spores from spreading, which is generally how they end up in our playgrounds – being blown about the neighbourhood.

And never identify a mushroom by yourself – text books and the internet are an unreliable source – many species look alike – even poisonous and non poisonous! Only eat those brought from the market.

Ways to prevent these pesky invaders coming back:

  • Use a nitrogen fertiliser
  • Soap and detergent mix, poured into little holes around the mushroom
  • A dose of apple cider vinegar
  • Remove organic matter – eg old mulch/rotten stumps of trees
  • Reduce irrigation/improve drainage
  • Aerate the soil.

And if you have any other natural remedies – let us know.

If you do find you are invaded, ensure a check is completed with your daily check, with plastic bag in hand (though mushrooms are only toxic by ingestion, not by touch, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves or a plastic bag), and dispose of in your rubbish bin.

Posted: Tuesday 16 May 2017