Thousands flock to Children’s Day in Rolleston

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn families turned out in their thousands to enjoy what was on offer at the Selwyn Parenting Network’s annual Children’s Day festivities in Rolleston.

The annual event, which was held for the first time in Foster Park on Sunday, also celebrated Selwyn Parenting Network’s (SPN) fifth birthday.

SPN coordinator, Kate Webb, said they were delighted with how the event went with an estimated 2,500 children, parents and other family members turning up to enjoy the day.

“It had all the hallmarks of success from the outset with a committed team of volunteers and organisers, great community partners, a vast range of local sponsors and the most stunning weather. 

“The feedback following the event has been so positive, with praise for an incredibly well organised event, which provided the community with the opportunity to enjoy a free day of family fun, and most importantly, the chance to recognise how precious our whanau and tamariki are.

“Over 1,500 free sausage sizzles were lovingly cooked off and served by wonderful volunteers of all ages, who kept up with the growing queues in admirable fashion.

“Many families brought their picnic rugs down to sit and enjoy quality family time at the park, watching the free entertainment that included a magic show and an amazing dance routine by the wonderful StarJam group.”

Selwyn mayor, Sam Broughton, helped SPN cut its fifth birthday cake, while Selwyn MP, Amy Adams, was on hand to show off her hula hooping skills.
Four-year-old Lachlan Bennett from Burnham tosses the dice in 
a giant game of snakes and ladders

Maia Calder (8) from Rakia, left, and Rolleston’s Gemma Van der Vlist 
(8) strike a pose while playing with the dress-up clothing

Owen Ding, aged 6, from West Melton, playing a game of Jenga

Giant chess was one of the games on offer at Children’s Day

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, centre, cuts the Selwyn Parenting 
Network’s fifth birthday cake with SPN co-chairs Karla Gunby 
(left) and Chris Martin