Topic: Education

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae gala helps bolster future aspirations

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae is looking toward an exciting new future with a gala extravaganza to raise funds for extra facilities for their new school.

While the new buildings will be paid for by the Ministry of Education, the school will also require facilities not covered by the funding, which includes a memorial block for the late Pani Stirling.

A day of celebration at Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae for their successes as students excel at education to become high achievers at school, within their families and within the community.

According to Mark Rangipuna, one exciting aspect is the awesome family support for events like this. We have a three areas of focus, the school, the student and their families.That's why they excel.

Students are well aware of the rewards of hard work, putting in the long hours of study such as these students who are looking forward to a trip to Hawai'i.

Mr Rangipuna believes the children will get to see the world, mix with other cultures some similar andsome new to share the knowledge and share experiences of Hāwai'ian culture and Māori culture.

The ultimate goal is the completion of their new school, which the students, their families and the community as a whole have rallied towards, which will include a memorial to one of their staunchest kuia who passed away last year.

A part of the new school has been given to the families who will dedicate it in memorium to Pani Stirling, who for 40 years, was the backbone of Ngā Tapuwae.