What a way to spend National Children’s day here in Hawkes Bay – our tamariki, rangatahi, caregivers and staff had a great time trying to work out clues, challenges, listening to guest speakers and enjoying some beautiful kai at Anderson Park, Taradale. Some of the favourite challenges were the dance challenge with Mafia Dance family, shaking ping pong balls out of boxes and enjoying the delicious kai.

Our fantastic guest speakers Harataki Manihera and Tupua Urlich spoke about the whakapapa of Napier and about their care experience, which the tamariki and rangatahi enjoyed. Some of the feedback the young people provided to VOYCE after the Tūhono was that they felt like they are “not alone” and that “adults have been in care too”.

Thank you!

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai would like to thank everyone that made this event happen. Radio Kahungunu, Crystal Edwards who brought such an amazing energy to the day, The Hurricanes team, Te Taitimu Trust, Kids Can NZ, Bernardo’s Hawkes Bay, Mafia dance family, Te Rau Oranga Waka Ama (gubbi gubbi squad!), Matipou Orchard, Taradale Scouts Hall, Harataki Manihera and his whanau, Toni Birch and her whanau, the VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai whanau, Amco Jensen, George Wilson, Kyra Wilson – Le Geyt and our VOYCE National Youth council representatives, Saron and Amanda.

Tamariki, rangatahi and their wonderful caregivers let VOYCE know that they would love for us to run another ‘He Whakataetae Mīharo’! Thank you to all for such an amazing weekend and here’s looking forward to seeing you all again soon.