New era for Te Kura Mana Māori o Whangaparaoa

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

It was a special day for the people of Kauaetangohia and the families of Te Kura Mana Māori o Whangaparaoa, with the school celebrating its 100th centenary and the opening of their new education block today.

With a successful application to the Ministry of Education, the school will be able to teach students from year one to year 13.

According to the school’s chairman Rika Mato, “This dream has been five years in the making, building a place to shelter the children of Whangaparaoa.  We've accomplished it now and I'm very happy about that.”

Students will return to school for the new term to fulfil the adage, “The bird that eats the miro berry will own the forest, but those who partake of education will own the world.”