Waikanae Kids Tell Stories…about Waikanae

Nearly 50 Waikanae kids have shown their creative storytelling skills in the

The winners (l to r): Lola Fifield (winner of the 5-10 year old category); Zahira Masters (winner of the 10-15 years category); Emmeline Vallance (winner from the under-fives category).

Kāpiti Council’s ‘Why I love Waikanae’ contest.

And the Council has just announced the winners (see pic on the left).

“Our panel had a hard time picking winners because all the entries were excellent – there were so many great stories and pictures to choose from,” says  Michelle Parnell, of the KCDC.

“In the end we picked winners for three age categories – Zahira Masters from the 10-15 years category, Lola Fifield from 5-10 years and Emmeline Vallance from the under-fives.”

“Congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part. We’ll have copies of the all entries on display on the old library building soon.”


Here’s one of the winning entries, by Lola Fifield…


Love your neighbourhood

Ms Parnell says the Why I love Waikanae competition forms part of the Council’s broader ‘lovemyneighbourhood’campaign, which encourages communities and people to celebrate and recognise the people and places that make our neighbourhoods great.

“What came through very strongly is that, like adults, kids have a strong attachment to their neighbourhoods, whether it’s friends and family, our local playgrounds, our local shops or beaches.”

Ms Parnell says following the success of the letter-writing competition, the Council’s planning more events in Mahara Place over the next couple of months – starting with Creative Crafts Day on 22 May.

“It’ll be a great day, with Mahara businesses sharing the tricks of their trades with everyone. There’ll be classes on all sorts of things like how to make bunting, sew cushions or take the perfect photo on your phone. We’ll have more information about the day coming out soon,” she says.


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