The community of Hastings enjoys the new Te Waka Tākaro mobile sports equipment trailer during Whānau Road Safety Day in Camberley. Photo / Provided
In partnership with Sport Hawke’s Bay, Hastings District Council (HDC) has launched Te Waka Tākaro, a free mobile sports equipment trailer as a community resource to educate and promote more play.
An HDC spokesperson believes that there has been an increase in digital platforms and authentic gaming has declined in recent years.
Play is a vital role in the overall development of children and can improve the health and happiness of children and whānau.
Te Waka Tākaro, the mobile trailer, is equipped with a range of play and sports equipment including bats, balls and imaginative play equipment which can promote fun and play in the Hastings district.
The sports trailer was made possible by funding from the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund administered by Sport Hawke’s Bay.
HDC Group Wellness and Community Services Manager Rebekah Dinwoodie said the continued partnership with Sport Hawke’s Bay has been great for the community.
“We all need to do what we can to support and encourage our tamariki to explore, meet new people, be active and have fun in ways that are meaningful to them,” she said.
Te Waka Tākaro was officially blessed ahead of its debut on Whānau Road Safety Day in the suburb of Camberley.
With three fatal car accidents during the month of May, road safety is at the heart of everyone’s concerns.
A spokesperson for RoadSafe Hawke’s Bay said, supported by regional transport committee RoadSafe HB, that they were engaged in a range of tactics in conjunction with the police, FENZ, St John and the community to reduce deaths at Hawke’s Bay.
Dinwoodie said, “Te Waka Tākaro is a fantastic resource available for all ages”.
The game trailer will visit schools and community events and may be available at the A&P show.
Sport Hawke’s Bay General Manager Ryan Hambleton said Sport Hawke’s Bay is delighted to support HDC in this initiative.
The portable gaming initiative is the most recent project on which Sport Hawke’s Bay and the council have worked closely together.
The first initiative was the Mobile Pump Track, which Dinwoodie said “had been a great community success”.
Hambleton said, “We are proud to work alongside the council on a number of projects aimed at getting more tamariki and rangatahi active in ways they want to be and in their own communities.”
Sport Hawke’s Bay is committed to promoting quality experiences so that Hawke’s Bay Tamariki values the game, now and in the future, he said.
“We commend the council for playing a leading role in promoting the game through many great projects that will benefit all young people in Hastings communities,” Hambleton said.