This year, because our Kaiwhakahaere doesn’t like to throw anything out, our amazing kaiako came up with a plan to create a wearable arts fashion show/performance. The teams were split into Papatuaanuku, Tane Mahuta, Tawhirimatea & Ranginui. The kaiako were hard at work alongside the tamariki creating outfits that represented their Atua, and practicing dances and poems to perform to the audience.

A big focus at our centre is to create a more sustainable future. We are on a journey to reuse and recycle everything within the centre and to have these practices become a normal part of our home lives. We use lots of bits and pieces within our art work here and seperate our rubbish into different bins so that we can recycle it effectively in the right place (Paper, Plastic, Soft plastic, Compost, Bokashi bin, Worm farm).

We create emotional bonds not only with people. We also create it with the natural and cultural environment to which we feel we belong. To learn to love nature, to feel part of it, to take care of it as we take care of our lives, to learn about it in all its details, allows us to create this bond that involves our feeling, our thoughts and our acts. – UNESDOC 2008