Lunches break down limitations at Kaikōura faculty

Te Otane Taitapanui prepares lunch at Te Kura o Hāpuku.

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Te Otane Taitapanui prepares lunch at Te Kura o Hāpuku.

A Kaikōura faculty is breaking down limitations to schooling, one full tummy at a time.

Te Kura o Hāpuku joined the Ministry of Schooling’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako / Wholesome Faculty Lunches programme practically three years in the past and tumuaki / principal Ripeka Tamepo says it has boosted attendance and tamariki engagement.

“We had whānau who wouldn’t ship their tamariki in the event that they didn’t have kai and a few of the meals that was being despatched wasn’t very nutritious, so it has eliminated these limitations.

“We’ve got just a few single dad and mom and oldsters with 4 or 5 kids, so we’re serving to to alleviate a few of these stresses.”

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Lunches had been ready every day for the 16 tamariki and 6 employees by Tamepo’s associate Te Otane (Tane) Taitapanui, who was additionally the varsity’s caretaker.

”All of us have the identical meals and being a small faculty we are able to study what they like and don’t like, and Tane can put together it particular to their wants,” she stated.

“It’s plenty of work and as we’re the one faculty in Kaikōura (within the programme) we needed to do an inner mannequin with the funding to make it work.”

Taitapanui additionally ready breakfast and morning tea, in addition to a fruit and milk break within the afternoon.

“Most of them catch the bus and the primary bus comes at 8.10am and by the point they get residence it’s 4.30pm, so it is very important ensure they’ve lots to eat.”

Being a bilingual kura / faculty, Tamepo stated Taitapanui had some common ‘‘boil ups’’ of conventional kai, whereas hāngī had been ready for particular events.

Truffles had been made to rejoice birthdays and tamariki even helped within the kitchen.


13 new jobs have been created in Timaru by the Authorities’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako free faculty lunches scheme.

Ministry of Schooling operations and integration Hautū (chief) Sean Teddy stated the programme focused colleges dealing with the best socio-economic limitations.

“Round one million lunches are supplied every week by the Ka Ora, Ka Ako programme.

“The programme goals to scale back meals insecurity by offering entry to a nutritious lunch at school each day.”

Different North Canterbury colleges within the programme included Karanga Mai Younger Dad and mom Faculty in Kaiapoi and Te Kura o Tuahiwi.

Kaiapoi Borough Faculty has additionally joined the programme this yr.

Whereas there have been no Hurunui colleges within the Ka Ora, Ka Ako programme, a snacks in colleges initiative was set to be rolled out in time period two.

Collectively Hurunui facilitator Natalie Paterson stated the brand new initiative adopted a breakfast in colleges trial at Hurunui Faculty final yr.

“We’re getting ready for it being a fairly powerful yr for households, shifting past Covid with excessive petrol and meals costs and there’s nonetheless illness round, so placing meals on the desk is a problem.”

The brand new initiative was being rolled out to Hurunui Faculty, Amuri Space Faculty and Cheviot Space Faculty, with assist from Fulfill Meals Rescue and native funding suppliers.

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