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Children at Tuatapere Playcentre
have been celebrating the
completion of their new mural and
sharing the activities they love
best with visitors this week.
The brightly-coloured mural,
which adorns a tin fence at the
entrance to the playcentre, was
painted by neighbour Helen Scott.
She started work on it during
the Christmas holidays and put
the finishing touches to it in the
past few weeks, just in time for
Playcentre Awareness Week.
Tuatapere Playcentre President
Dale Egerton said the children
loved the new artwork and had
excitedly followed its progress,
discovering new characters as
they were added.
There are about 25 families
enrolled at the Tuatapere
Playcentre, which operates four
mornings a week. Those sessions
have been open to the public
this week as part of a nationwide
awareness week to showcase
what the organisation has to offer.
Open days have also been held at
playcentres in Otautau, Lumsden,
Nightcaps, Ohai, Hedgehope,
Makarewa, Balfour and The Key.
Tuatapere has another open day
on Friday (March 26) between
9.15am and 12.15am.
The week has also been an excuse
for children at those playcentres to
enjoy a host of special activities.
Those from The Key took a “Toddle
Woddle” through Te Anau’s Lions
Park, in Lumsden they visited
local businesses, Otautau held
a teddy bear’s picnic, Makarewa
a “whacky wheels day” and cake
stall, Ohai had a bring along
a granny or friend day while
Tuatapere’s various activities were
supplemented by a window display
in the local health and gift shop.
There are 491 playcentres
nationwide, 20 in Southland
catering for 50 families and 470
Southland Playcentre Association
spokeswoman Karen Witham said
playcentre families were offered
free NZQA-recognised education
courses that allowed parents to
supervise sessions, understand
child development and learning
and manage and run their centres.
“We also run SPACE (Supporting
Parents Alongside Children’s
Education) programme for first-
time parents with babies under six
months,” she said.
Playcentre Awareness Week is
held every second year.
Playcentre paint job wins approval
Tuatapere Playcentre children (from left) Marshall Jarman, Brycen Erskine, Jordon O’Brien, Vanessa Johnston, Katie Unahi, Tessa Gamble, Kassadee Scott, Amyee Gustell, Jay Egerton, Jade Proctor with
Chrissie and Ashton Edgerton in front of their new mural. Some of the children are wearing rabbit noses that they were making for Easter.
PHOTO: Dale Egerton
A new website to help people
connect with agencies that
could help them with disputes or
investigate their complaints has
been launched by the Minister of
Consumer Affairs Heather Roy.
In an innovative public/private
sector initiative, the Disputes
Investigation Group has
cooperated to set up a convenient
website where people who
have concerns with business or
government can easily locate the
right assistance to help look into
Electricity and Gas Complaints
Commissioner, Judi Jones said
many organisations helped
consumers with their rights under
legislation and codes of practice.
“Complaintline provides a central
point of information about who
those organisations are and what
they do,” she said.
“People can find the appropriate
agency they need by using the
“For example, if you are having
problems accessing personal
information, you would be directed
to the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner’s website,” Ms
The following organisations
are part of www.complaintline.
org.nz: Advertising Standards
Authority, Banking Ombudsman,
Broadcasting Standards Authority,
Charities Commission, Commerce
Commission, Consumer Affairs,
Consumer NZ, Domain Name
Commission, Electricity and Gas
Complaints Commission, Health
and Disability Commissioner,
Human Rights Commission,
Independent Police Conduct
Authority, Insurance and Savings
Ombudsman, Ombudsman, Press
Council, Privacy Commissioner,
Quality Commission Scheme,
Minister launches one stop shop for complaints
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