Lazy Sneakers and Active Angels

It’s winter 2021 and we have a cool new partner in our mahi! Getting the kids moving and re-homing  unused sneakers was the brilliant idea of 12year Maia from the Wellington region  in 2017. Her and her team wanted to help kids get active and recycle used sneakers. We called them up and said “Let’s do this together!” So now we’re collecting Lazy Sneakers and getting shoes onto rangatahi (young people) in Northland. You can drop off your good quality sneakers to gyms and sports clubs, schools and businesses in the Bay of Islands and we’ll get them to kids all across the Far North.

In no time we had a big box full of colourful donations ready to go play on new feet! Contact us if you’d like to be a collection point or if you’d like to help.

Two people with lots of donated sports shoes

We were super privileged to celebrate the amazing life of Dame Whina Cooper with her mokopuna and whānau from across the motu. Not only were we graced with the company of Dame Whina’s whānau, we also had Co-Director Paula Whetu-Jones with us.  We were all moved and inspired by the story of this incredible wāhine, brought to life in the biopic ‘Whina’.  

For so many years we have had Dame Whina Cooper’s quote on our wall:  “Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear. Take care of what they see. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa.” 

So true. What we invest in our children now will reap rewards in the future.

After a warm and heartfelt powhiri from our local hāpu, Ngāti Rehia, we shared kai and had an exciting auction showcasing the auctioneering talents of a local rangatahi.  Nick is a senior at Kerikeri High School and with the support of super generous sponsors, he helped us raise over $10k!  

Watch this great slide show of the event– [By clever Laura Bolt from Kids and Co Photos] 

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