'Thank you' from Ukraine

'Thank you' from Ukraine

A message of gratitude from children in Ukraine is on display at the Nelson Provincial Museum and in the Rata Room, where a Ukrainian menu is available throughout September.
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Kate Mann holds a poster filled with images of Ukrainian children with their artwork to New Zealanders.

Kate Mann is currently studying arts and design at NMIT Te Pūkenga(external link). She is also a part of the Tautoko Ukraine Charitable Trust which has created a pop-up display of thank you messages from children in Ukraine at the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Kate has also shared some of the artwork with NMIT’s Rata Room(external link).

“I am from Ukrainian heritage,” says Kate. “My mother and stepfather were refugees from World War II.”

Kate came to Nelson in 2022 and found a group running the charitable trust to raise aid for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. She rapidly became involved with the mahi.

“It has been a real help to me,” she says.

Kate says the school aged children have connected with New Zealand and the artwork shows how appreciative they are for the efforts of people like her.

“The artwork is really incredible. The museum collections have stories about the children as well for you to see.”

The pop-up display is currently open at the Nelson Provincial Museum and continues until 1 October.

The Rata Room restaurant is open every Tuesday during term time. Bookings are essential via their Facebook page(external link).

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