New $27k park opens in Rakiraki

Social Welfare director Rupeni Fatiaki opens Rakiraki Children's Park. Picture SUPPLIED

RAKIRAKI now has a safe space for children to engage in sporting and leisure activity thanks to a $27,000 park — the brainchild of the Social Welfare Department and Rakiraki Town Council.

While opening the brand new park facility on Thursday, Social Welfare Department director Rupeni Fatiaki highlighted the need for parents to encourage their children to use the park.

“This project came about as a result of the Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Ministry to ensure that we as a community create an environment that is conducive for the development and protection of our children,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the Rakiraki Town Council for capturing this vision and for making available the land for Rakiraki to have a child-friendly town.”

Mr Fatiaki added that the opening of the park also coincided with Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) programs being held across the country.

“Parents, the theme of PCAN this year is ‘Stronger Families, Safer Children’.

“We cannot overemphasise the role parents play in the nurturing of children.

“The family is the first institution where our children need to feel safe and protected and, at the same time, know that they are loved and accepted.

“Research has shown that children who grow up in loving and caring homes do well in life as opposed to those who grew up in places where there was abuse and neglect.”

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