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Southland Community Nursery Education Centre 5th Birthday Party – Sunday 2 December 2018

For once the weather really came to the party! This time we were sheltering from the sun in the Nature Centre rather than from the rain! Sixty-five people came and helped us celebrate our special birthday. There were tours of the restoration area bush tracks, activities for children centred around natural materials – boat building, flax weaving, wreath making, stone painting and later kite flying!

In the Centre there was lots of discussion and networking, renewing of friendships and making new friends.

Honorlea was doing a roaring trade with her Kakariki Natural Body Products and Rob Tipa was showing his book “Treasures of Tane” and taking names for a workshop he will run at the Education Centre on Saturday 26 January 2019.

Geoff was helping on the native plant sales table while Lesley was on the raffle and selling Heritage Tomatoes!

At around 3pm MC Mark Oster shepherded everyone into the Nature Centre where Chris said a few words and thanked some of the people who had been significant contributors to the success of the centre and nursery. Those people were recipients of the “Treasures of Tane” Book, courtesy of the Nursery Trust.

  • Brian – the support and inspiration for the whole venture (and the love of my life of course)
  • Bronwyn, who had helped with nearly all of the 5000 or so schoolchildren who had attended over the past 5 years.
  • Linda and Ray who’s ongoing support for the Nursery had meant it was in very good hands even while I was away overseas for a few months this year (and other years!).
  • Dawn Patterson and Maggie Elford - our longest serving volunteers at the Nursery
  • Honorlea Mangion and Lesley Catterall - most enthusiastic newcomers!
  • Mark Oster - my education mentor, inspiration and all round good bloke!

Mark then got his own back by praising the Community Nursery and Education Centre project’s success and their “can do” attitude of just getting on with it. He encouraged others to do the same and wished the Nursery well for the next 5 years!

Then Bronwyn, Brian and I “cut the cake” (another fabulous Bronwyn creation) and we all tucked into the wonderful food people had brought along followed by more boat building, kite flying in the paddock pattern (which is in the shape of a 5!), reminiscing, chatting and looking forward to the future.

It was a great day of celebration, thanks to everyone who attended.