He maimai aroha: Uiui noa ana, rapurapu kau ana, kua ngaro aku manu tiotio i te ata. Papā te whatitiri, kahukura i te Rangi, tāwhana kau ana ko wai kei muri nei. Tuwhera kau nei te riu o te whenua i tō kourua uenuku haerenga. Matua Charlie Petera passed away on June 10. The last surviving member of the A Company of 28 (Māori) Battalion (the gumdiggers) he was also the patron of the Leadership Academy. He was 92 and proudly Ngāti Kuri.
Ngā mihi mahana mo te tau hou Māori!
As we acknowledge the rise of Matariki on the horizon, we remember that in the old days the constellation was important for navigation and timing of the seasons.
Nowadays it’s a time to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year, so it’s a good time to take stock of what we have achieved and to look ahead.
Looking back, I see how far we have come. In 2001, we opened our first Mokopuna Early Childhood Centre in Whangarei and now we have five. In 2010, we marched-in the first intake for the Leadership Academy Of A Company and now there are six. We opened our senior Kura,
‘Paerangi’ in 2014, our junior Kura ‘Paenuku’ in 2015 and our middle Kura ‘Paetawhiti’ this year.
Throughout this time we weathered many political storms, navigated through many hostile territories, constantly re-setting course towards that ‘better’ horizon for ourselves. All the while our ākonga have stood strong and continued to amaze us all with their fortitude, commitment and belief in this kaupapa that manifests in our 2015 NCEA results:
From all accounts this year will be just as spectacular. Our 2016 first term was jam packed (reported in previous pānui) and we hoped and dreamed for a quiet term two. It never came.
So enjoy this our Term 2 news-sheet, now called “Ngā Whetū”. It briefly covers a few of the many important events, activities, learnings and people that have graced our three Kura and our Mokopuna Centres over the past 11 weeks.
Looking forward, Term 3 and Term 4, will be dedicated to Kia Mātau pou for Paerangi. With officially, only 12 weeks of Kura left for class, it is hugely important that ākonga be at Kura and finish assignments/assessments to maximise their ability to close the NCEA year strongly.
For Paetawhiti and Paenuku, many opportunities will be available across our three pou, to build upon their learning to date.
Lastly, today we also launch our new programme initiative “Cadet Forces – A Company” to support our Year 10 and 11 ākonga achieve and design future pathways for themselves.
Join with us to celebrate our journey so far and seek far horizons as we continue to “Navigate Māori Futures”.