It is a day that would make any person proud, one that will never be forgotten.
Dr. Toby Curtis' career in education has taken him from a primary school teacher to working with intellectually disabled children, to roles as principal of Hato Petera College and Vice Chancellor of Auckland Teachers College in the 1980s. In 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Iwi Education Authority for Ngä Kura ä-Iwi o Aotearoa. Now, he is reaping the benefits of nearly three decades of devotion to the education sector.
The newly invested Sir Toby says, “The great honour that has been bestowed onto me, the next generation will look up to, and I hope they will be strong in their endeavours.”
‘My strength is not mine alone, for it is derived from many’, this is the proverb Sir Toby lives by.
“Lest we forget, a man who forgets this proverb will also forget who he is, so i hold fast to these words so i won't forgets” adds Sir. Toby.
However, he has also done a lot of work outside of the education sector. He's currently Chair of Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Deputy Chair of Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group, Deputy Chair of Te Wänanga o Aotearoa Council, a member of the Police Commissioner's Forum, the Iwi Leaders Forum and the Chair of Te Arawa Whänau Ora region.
“I am ecstatic right now” says another prominent face of Te Arawa, who also today, was honoured.
This voice is popular in the broadcasting industry, whether it be radio or TV. However, it was Kingi Biddles work in the community and Mäori health that was honoured today.
“I am a seed from Rangiatea that has risen to the challenge, it is a sign, it is testament to everyone. This is testament that we are ever achieving people” says Kingi.