The playground at the new Forest Park where the Selwyn Parenting Network Children’s Day event is being held.



Five years since becoming an incorporated society, Selwyn Parenting Network (SPN) is doing what it does best and giving back to the community. They are officially celebrating their fifth birthday on Children’s Day New Zealand with a free community event for Selwyn families, caregivers and children.

Whilst the official fifth birthday was back in November 2017, SPN have chosen to mark the milestone date on a nationally recognised day; Children’s Day (Te rā o ngā Tamariki) this Sunday, March 4th.

Recognised on the first Sunday of March each year, Children’s Day provides New Zealander’s with an opportunity to celebrate and give time to children.

As SPN Coordinator Kate Webb explained, “this has proven to be the perfect day for Selwyn Parenting Network to put on its flagship annual free event and provide an opportunity for families, and communities to celebrate and nurture our children.

“The day is as much a celebration of children as an opportunity to engage all of New Zealand and encourage them to think about their responsibility to support the lives of tamariki in their communities. And this year we get to showcase fabulous new park facilities, because we’re hosting our event at Foster Park, Rolleston.”

SPN was established with the vision of creating strong, connected, confident and caring families, whanau and communities in Selwyn.

“We have a strong and varied knowledge base within our dedicated team of volunteers, committee and part-time staff, all of whom create an incredible infrastructure of connected resources for parents and caregivers,” Kate explained.

“We are all parents ourselves, with first-hand experience of the need to reach out for specific advice, support, guidance and help across a broad spectrum of parenting needs – from birth right through to parenting young adults. Parenting is not something that you can put a time limit on; it’s a lifelong responsibility.

“We recognise that many parents and caregivers are not always aware of the right organisation to approach, and that’s where SPN can help – acting as a networking conduit between the specialist providers,” Kate added.

The SPN flagship Children’s Day Event has proven to be a popular celebration over the years, providing all communities in Selwyn with an opportunity to come together and enjoy a range of free activities and entertainment, including bouncy castles, sausage sizzles, pony rides, magic shows, face painting, sports activities, music and more!!

“We are indebted to our incredible community supporters, sponsors and volunteers who devote their time and energy leading up to, and on, the day. This event gives every parent, caregiver and child the chance to enjoy a free family event with free activities and giveaways,” Kate concluded.

For more information on this event please visit facebook @SelwynParentingNetwork