She likes sewing as it allows her to “create more things, use different colours and think of more design”.
Her mother Tekura, a skilled seamstress, had demonstrated the art of using a sewing machine at home.
The dresses Naomi produces were made specially for the gala. Parents and teachers contributed to the project by providing the material.
The focus of the fundraiser was “entrepreneurship”, teaching kids where and how to source or make their products, and marketing and selling them on the day.
A range of merchandise and food was available including bright fresh flower arrangements and potted plants delicately assembled into bowls, cute colourful cupcakes and desserts, kikau brooms, sewn reusable bags, wind chimes, place mats, scrunchies, pareau’s and more.
The always popular umu food sold out within 30 minutes, thoughbarbeques plates were still available at mid-morning.
To purchase items, a unique cash depot was set up to exchange cash forprintedmoney to buy goods.
Apii Nikao children were cheerful and happy manning their own class stalls with teachers and parents nearby to lend a hand.