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Matavera kids enjoy Village Festival

In groups of ten, children participated in each activity with a rotational period of five to ten minutes which saw the young ones enjoying a good variety of Just Play activities, cricket sessions and the athletic exercises.
The health message for this months’ activity was regular physical activity and during an extended water break Karen Tairea from the Ministry of Health reinforced the message to the children.
Oceania Football Confederation’s Just Play coordinator Emmie Sope and Raina Pomare attended the festival and were very impressed with the initiative before departing back for New Zealand after a four day visit with Cook Islands Football Just Play Project manager Michelle Paiti.
A program instigated by Just Play Football Project Manager, Michelle Paiti with the assistance of the Ministry of Health’s Karen Tairea following the promotion of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Awareness Program to keep Cook Islanders Active and eating Healthy.
The first Village Festival was held in the village of Tupapa Maraerenga at Victoria Park where the four sporting codes saw a large number of children getting involved in the activities and proves to be popular amongst the young ones.
“I am very pleased with the turn out from the children and their keenness to have a go which is what this program is all about,” says Michelle Paiti.
“I look forward to the next Village Festival and to the children coming out to try out the activities that will be available on the day,” she says.
Following the fun and games in the early afternoon, Karen Tairea of Public Health held a NCD Awareness workshop at the Matavera CICC Sunday School Hall from 6-7pm to make the public aware and to be informed of the non-communicable diseases within our small community.
Paiti would like to thank Alister Stevic CEO Cook Islands Cricket and Siniva Marsters of Little Athletics for supporting the awareness of regular physical activity for our youngsters in Matavera.

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