18 October 2005
Tui The Star Of Children’s Day 2005
The tui plays a starring role in National Children’s Day this year. Every year Children’s Day profiles an indigenous
animal for children to learn more about.
“Profiling an indigenous animal is not only educational for children but also reflects the meaning of Children’s Day,”
says National Children’s Day Project Manager Esther Wallace. “As children are our treasures so too are our unique native
species. They also need to be cared for and nurtured so that they can flourish in a healthy environment. “
“Our children are also future parents and citizens. We need to nurture them now so that our society continues to
The Children’s Day website www.childrensday.org.nz features colourful and fun tui graphics, including an animated e-card
of parachuting tui, which children can send to their friends, and components of a tui mobile which can be printed out
and assembled. Action packs for children featuring tui-themed craft activities, games and facts have been printed in
English, Maori and Braille and will be handed out at Children’s Day events throughout New Zealand.
Last year the tuna, New Zealand’s native eel, was profiled.
Children’s Day is a non-commercial annual day, founded in the year 2000, with the vision of celebrating and nurturing
our greatest treasure, our children. Core values of the day are: giving time, praise and encouragement, listening and
talking, love and affection, and new experiences. Love and affection is the central theme of this year’s Children’s Day.
Visit www.childrensday.org.nz to find out what events are registered in your local area.