Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa to open new premises

By Regan Paranihi
  • Wellington

Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa will hold the opening ceremony for the new premises, Te Poho o Tuariki, on Friday, February 15.

Since purchasing the premises in March last year the rūnanga have turned what used to be the former Turakina Māori Girls College into their very own whare.

Kiri Wilson says they have done all the immediate things they need to do to be ready for the opening but there are still a few loose ends to tie up.

“We’ve spruced up a few things with some painting and all that and as we kind of progress we’re taking it one step at a time and making sure we are doing what’s required first.”

 Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa has been working closely with former students from Turakina Māori Girls College to create and incorporate a whare taonga into the site.

Wilson says the whare taonga will be a place for past pupils to come and visit.

“We’ve had all those taonga brought back on site and some of the old girls and their whānau are currently putting those in one of the old classrooms so there is a permanent whare taonga for all the taonga.”

Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa is expecting a few hundred people at the opening with a group of past pupils of Turakina planning to attend.

“We’ve been working closely with some of the Turakina Māori Girls past pupils, I’m not too sure how many but I know there will be past tauira who are coming to the opening, which is awesome,” says Wilson.

The rūnanga plan to continue working on their rangatahi scholarship programme, Maripi Tuatini, their hauora hub and their whānau ora initiative amongst their people.

Wilson says, “The exciting opportunities that will come from being in this new premises...the sky’s the limit and we are really excited- it’s a very exciting time for us.”