E ngā Mātua, whaea, raurangatira ma, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

We are at the end of another busy and unsettled year. Despite this, our whānau and in particular our Boards continue to support the college with a focus on how parents and stakeholders can come together to help build a stronger school.

We recently reflected on what we have done, to acknowledge the good work we have accomplished together and to celebrate our strength as a community. I hope you feel, as i do, that we have come together because we believe in our school community and in the potential of our children.

I must acknowledge the incredible abilities of our Boards who have done so many things that i know were absolutely hard and above and beyond. With almost everything the Boards have accomplished, there is some blood, sweat and tears involved. And so i am most grateful to them who have made sacrifices for the benefit of our College. We could not keep our doors open without their generous support of time and talent. Ngā mihi ra e Mate ma, e Rudy ma.

Whānau are requesting the plan for 2017 regarding the hostel. At this stage the following has been undertaken;

  1. Te Waka o Petera Trust is taking legal advice regarding the hostel closure, and eviction and trespass notices issued to our people. The bishop signed a 5 year lease reviewed annually with the trust in 2015 ensuring the life span of a child at the college. The diocese seems to have forgotten this pledge.
  2. The BOT continue to seek alternative accommodation and met with the ministry of Education last Tuesday 13 December seeking their support in hostelling our students offsite. We will update the whānau as this information comes to hand.

We offer our best wishes to Matua Mau Taitin and Matua Ben Saipele who are leaving us to pursue other teaching opportunities in 2017. They have given us many gifts and will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers in the coming years. Haere pai atu, hoki pai mai ai.

The college office will close today and reopen January 16 2017. You can still contact staff via email.

E tātou ma, ka nui ēnei kōrero moku, heoi ano ko te tumanako o te ngakau, kia tau mai ano te wairua pai ki a koutou ko ou whānau i a tātou e whakatata atu ana ki te ra whānau o to tātou Ariki a Hehu Kerito. kia u, kia manawanui ra!

Enjoy a restful and replenishing summer with whānau.


God Bless