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Māori success evening

For the first time ever, Naenae College held a Māori success evening, a celebration of hard work, commitment, achievement, and success. This was to acknowledge those students who had done well in both sports and academics as well as extra curricular activities like Kapa Haka. It was a time to recognise the untapped potential yet to be nurtured, molded and guided by our team of comitted teachers, to become tomorrows leaders. This was initiated by our Māori teachers.

Our guests for the evening included the honourable Meka Whaitiri, the new MP for the Ikaroa/Rāwhiti electorate. There was good representation from the Ministry of Education and another guest was Porirua councillor Mr Mark Kōpua. Mr Mark kōpua is a reknowned Tā Moko artist; he was also a guest speaker along with ex student Khazmin Gough. Both gave inspiring speeches. Khazmin Gough is in her first year of a law degree.

There were many whānau that turned up to help celebrate the evening. It was pleasing to see so much support.

There was recognition for those who had gained merits and excellence endorsements in curriculum subjects. There was also acknowledgements for those who had excelled in the sports arena, these including members of our first fifteen rugby team who played in prem one for the first time, in a long time. A highlight in the sports field would have to be Regan Tapa’s selection for the Juniour White Sox squad; ka pai Regan. Another highlightI I need to mention is the $3000 scholarship awarded to Stephen Thorpe to kickstart his career in paramedics; too much bro. This year the Te Whānau Tahi kapa haka group enjoyed its most successful regional competition result, gaining first place in most of the disciplines on hand and thus gaining entry into next year’s secondary school national kapa haka competition. Nga mihi nui Te Whānau Tahi, kia ihi kia maru! The kapa haka then gave a rousing performance. Awesome tutors x awesome whānau support x awesome kapa haka group = awesome result.

As a year twelve student I had been asked to share my experiences with my involvement on the Ngā Manu Kōrero stage. The highlight was that having been awarded second place in the junior Māori section at national level in 2011, and winning both senior Māori and English at regional level this year, I would go on to represent the school and the region at the Ngā Manu Kōrero secondary school national competition in Waikato. To say the least it was humbling to come away with first place with the highest aggregate for both Māori and English overall. Winning the “E tipu, e rea” trophy; this is awarded to the top school/student in the country. Welcome to Naenae College koro Tā Apirana Ngata.

The whole evening was a success. Mr Russell shouted everybody burgers from the fundraising stalls, whānau mingled with guests and everybody celebrated stories of success, achievement and hard work. A big thanks must go to the organising comitee for making this possible; this event was a brilliant idea and I hope it becomes an annual event. In closing I would like to share this proverb,

“Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao”

The bird that partakes of the miro, the forest belongs to him, the bird that partakes of knowledge, the world belongs to him.

Te Wharekotua Davis

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