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  WELL CHILD WEEK 2013 EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
(18-03-2013)

Ruth Kaio, supervisor of the Tokelauan early childhood education centre Mataliki Tokelau Akoga Amata gave this year’s Well Child Week a big thumbs up, saying “it exceeded my expectations.”

Well Child Week is an annual event celebrating the wellbeing of children around New Zealand.

In Auckland, 18 Early Childhood Education Centers (ECECs) with close to 250 children attended this year’s event organised by Health Star Pacific (HSPT) in collaboration with Auckland Regional Public Health Services (ARPHS). The event took place on Tuesday 5th March 2013 at the Otahuhu Recreation and Youth Centre with Nutrition and Physical Activity as the focus this year.

One supervisor said, “All the activities are designed to enrich and 


"A special thank you goes to the teachers, preschoolers and parents that participated this year for making it an enjoyable and memorable day."

"ECECs that participated this year from the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) area were Akoteu Shining Star (Otahuhu), Akoteu Nasaleti Play Group (Otahuhu), Seugagogo Aoga Amata (Otahuhu), AAPICA Aoga Amata (Avondale), Aoga ale Teuila (Glen Innes)."

"From the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) area were Akoteu Tuingapapai ‘o Uesile (Mangere), Akoteu Falemasiva (Mangere), Akoteu Tokaima’ananga (Otara), Akoteu Lotofale’ia (Mangere), Fatugatiti Aoga Amata (Papatoetoe), Tumanu ae Le Tulogologo (Papakura), St Peters Channel (Otara), Tamariki Takitumu Punanga Reo (Mangere), Kia Orana Punanga Reo (Mangere), Akaiti Mangarongaro Punanga Reo (Mangere), Te Reo Kuki Airani Preschool (Mangere), Mataliki Tokelau Akoga Kamata (Mangere),
Fiti Lagakali Aoga Niue (Mangere)."

Teiho Tengaru,
Health Star Pacific


enhance children’s knowledge of colours and shapes, the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, and motivate them to stay fit”.

The children jiggled and jived, and particularly liked the gangnam style dancing; even the teachers and parents got involved. Not only was there a hive of activity but learning took place.

The Well Child Week collaboration between HSPT with the ARPHS is part of the ongoing successful partnership between the two organisations. Kim Kingh, a dietician with ARPHS said, “it was fantastic”, a sentiment shared by all.

Invited to the event for the first time was Counties Manukau Sports who shared various activities from their Fundamental Movement Skills program for preschoolers. They were impressed with the turn out and it was a new experience for them.

When asked what improvements could be made to the event, many of the supervisors said that it should be held more often. This is an indication that this was a brilliant day that was enjoyed by all.

Teiho Tengaru of Health Star Pacific said, “A special thank you goes to the teachers, preschoolers and parents that participated this year for making it an enjoyable and memorable day.”

ECECs that participated this year from the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) area were Akoteu Shining Star (Otahuhu), Akoteu Nasaleti Play Group (Otahuhu), Seugagogo Aoga Amata (Otahuhu), AAPICA Aoga Amata (Avondale), Aoga ale Teuila (Glen Innes).

From the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) area were Akoteu Tuingapapai ‘o Uesile (Mangere), Akoteu Falemasiva (Mangere), Akoteu Tokaima’ananga (Otara), Akoteu Lotofale’ia (Mangere), Fatugatiti Aoga Amata (Papatoetoe), Tumanu ae Le Tulogologo (Papakura), St Peters Channel (Otara), Tamariki Takitumu Punanga Reo (Mangere), Kia Orana Punanga Reo (Mangere), Akaiti Mangarongaro Punanga Reo (Mangere), Te Reo Kuki Airani Preschool (Mangere), Mataliki Tokelau Akoga Kamata (Mangere), Fiti Lagakali Aoga Niue (Mangere).


Photo Caption 1: Ready to start activities for Well Child Week.

Photo Caption 2: Gangnam style proves popular with the preschoolers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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