Kohanga helping kohanga in Whanganui

6:14 am on 29 September 2015

Many kohanga reo in Whanganui have opened their doors to others who have been unable to reach their own buildings along the river road.

The flooded kura kaupapa in Whanganui

A flooded kura kaupapa in Whanganui in June 2015. Photo: SUPPLIED / Facebook

The city and district had record high floods in June, which caused slips and washed away parts of the rural Whanganui River Road.

A number of kohanga reo, located at marae along the river, have been unable to reach their own facilities, and so have shared buildings with kohanga in the city.

Aotea Kohanga District manager Ruka Broughton said it had been a true display of whakawhanaungatanga (nurturing relationships).

He said each kohanga whānau needed to be acknowledged for linking to the principles that make them who they are as a people and as a kohanga reo.

Mr Broughton said the leadership came from within, and all tamariki were safe.

Some kohanga reo are only now able to return to their buildings up the river road.