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Sun 13 Apr 2008, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Te Ra Waldorf School, Poplar Ave, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Paekakariki

Te Ra School is warmly inviting the wider community to its annual Harvest Fair.

The organising group aims to improve last year’s efforts to become a ‘low waste’ environmentally friendly event. Last year, the Fair had a record low rubbish amount of one and a half standard wheelie bins.

“This year we aim to reduce the amount even more by removing disposable coffee cups,” says fair organiser Maxine Olsen. “Our aim is to be a zero waste fair.”

Instead of throw away plates, the parents and teachers are committed to doing the dishes in the Café. There will be clearly labelled bins for recycling compost (food scraps and cornstarch plates), bottles and paper. Te Ra students are used to this, as every classroom has three buckets for separating and recycling. The compost heap at school is thriving.

Make it a family day/expedition and walk or bike to the fair. You will be rewarded with many children’s activities (pony rides, flying fox, archery, juggling, games, crystal hunt, craft activities, etc, etc), crafts for sale, a special shop for “Little People” and of course delicious homemade food and good coffee. As with previous years, the currency of the day will be the famous beans.

Live entertainment includes Wayne Mason, the Fat Teddies, puppet shows, story telling, classical music from Poplar String Orchestra, and folk music and dancing.

Like all schools, Te Ra Waldorf School relies on the earnings from its Fair to supplement the costs of running the school. Funds from this year’s Fair are earmarked for supporting various aspects for the next phase of building development – a new library and a new building for the kindergarten playgroup and other parent education.

In connection with the building programme, new landscaping and a special playground for the children is also planned. After the removal of the landmark pine trees in January, a particular focus is tree planting and landscaping of the playground, with a focus on native trees and plants.

Inquiries to the Te Ra School office (04) 299 0812.


The first Te Rawhiti Kindergarten opened its doors in April 1993 in Pukerua Bay, followed by the foundation of Te Ra School in 1996 in Wellington Road, Paekakariki. The community now supports a purpose built primary school and kindergartens at Poplar Ave in Raumati South with over 200 children with one kindergarten still remaining in Paekakariki.