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Ngā mihi me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te tuahangata

Father's Day this year was not only to celebrate for our fathers of our whanau but also the positive male influences that our Tamariki have in their lives.  OUR SUPERHEROES!!!!

Our day started off setting up gazebo's, tables, flat pack garden boxes, basketball hoop and kai for the celebration of our father's day up by the pool area.Things were going to plan until the weather changed on us just as the day was starting.It poured with rain as the BBQ was burning hot cooking the burger patties and sausages.We decided that we would invite our Dad's, granddad's and some Mum's to join their Tamariki in their rooms and see what they are learning.It was awesome to see our Whanau being interested in what their children were doing and the things that they could do here at the centre.Each room was set up so it gave plenty of opportunity for children to be able to work alongside their Whanau.You could see that they were enjoying each other's company while learning and playing alongside their children.

Yay the weather had passed over and the sun was out, so we invited our parents up by the pool with their children to indulge in some kai and refreshments.We had set up some flat pack garden boxes for our Dad's to help with setting up so we could use them in our new garden area around the pool.We had also set up the basketball hoop for our Dad's to play shooting games with their children and also to interact with each other as well.As the weather was clear we also decided to set up the bouncy castle for our children to explore.It was great to see our Whanau having a good time!

It was a really good turn out from our Whanau, and great to see the interactions between them and their children and also with other Whanau. There were plenty of smiles and laughter, and a low stress day for both staff and Whanau.For the staff members that were up by the pool, were able to have conversations with our Dad's and as a result they offered their skills and help for future events and projects.We were also able to talk about the children and what they are doing here at the centre.  Whaea Brooke (FFJ Kaiako)

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