On 30 January 2020 VOYCE took the tamariki from the transitional whare, Nga Peka Titoki, run by Ngati Ranginui on a day out to Kulim Park.

Kaiwhakamana met at the whare where two young boys were staying. After loading the van up, they headed out to Kulim Park in Bureta. The Park is on a sand bar as so isn’t very deep, and there are no waves, so it is a very safe place for swimming. On this day there were very few people on the beach, so they mostly had it for themselves.

The boys brought their basketballs as well as their swimming gear. It was a scorching day, so a swim was definitely on the cards. After an intense hoop shoot out where the VOYCE Kaiwhakamana was resoundingly beaten, they headed to the beach for a swim.

Everyone enjoyed a BBQ lunch before another swim. Kaiwhakamana set up a challenge for the boys to run through the playground and see who had the best time. The competition was intense between the two boys, and they had a lot of fun while burning off some energy.

After a fun day out, they all returned home very tired and ready for a quiet board game. It was a privilege to introduce the tamariki from Ngati Ranginui to our beautiful Bay of Plenty attractions, where they made positive connections with VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai.