Karaka Mo Ngā Tamariki 2021
Give thanks for those who you trust and for those who trust you.
Josh, a little 3 year old boy with autism loves the new playground at the Hughes Place Community Garden in Tāneatua. Prior to the Saint Kentigern Boys’& Girls’ School service project, Josh would be found wandering naked around the township of Tāneatua, having disappeared from his grandmother’s home. Now with the new playground, Josh’s grandmother knows exactly where he is and knows that he is safe and lovingly watched over by the neighbourhood. Josh now arrives with clothes on because Honey Thrupp, one of the garden’s kaitiaki told him that when he comes to the garden he needs to wear at least underpants.
This community is a child rich community. It is a community where the wellbeing of children, whanau and communities are closely interconnected.
Who do you trust? Where are the safe places for you to go if your safety was an issue?
Practicing Asking the Questions
- Make a list of the people you most trust. Those who love you just because you are you. Where are the safe places for you to go if your safety was an issue?
- Make another list of the people who most trust you…those whom you love just because they are who they are.
- Give thanks for those who you trust and for those who trust you.