Almost three years ago, there were fears that the doors of Te Aute College may have been closed for good, but today has marked a new era for the school, with a new principal welcomed, a new board of trustees in place and a brand revitalisation to entice new enrolments.
It was a humbling experience for Shane Hiha, as he took his first official steps as its new principal on Te Aute grounds today.
Sharing the special moment surrounded by family and iwi, Hiha's vision for the college is to continue producing well-rounded young men who are strongly entrenched in their culture and beliefs.
A new interim board of four members will be led by lawyer Moana Jackson. It'll be in place for two years, to oversee the academic achievement of the boys under the new curriculum initiative and ensure the stability of the school until a permanent board is appointed.
In 2011, possible closure threatened as the school roll had dropped to just 85, which is under half its capacity.
The Ministry of Education commissioner Elizabeth Ellis who was brought in three years ago to oversee school governance issues, was also set to stand down today.