Principals welcome speech 2013

Tihe-e Mauri ora!

Wherahia te kauhanga nui, te kauhanga roa a Mārama. Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra; kia whakahiwaia te ngakau o tenei pa, hei pikinga mai mo taku manu, hei kakenga mai mo taku manu: Kimihia, rangahautia ngā pari ra, ngā piringa hakoakoa; E tō ai te ra ki tua, e Ao mai ai te ra ki mua i au nei e; Nau mai, haere mai!

Ahakoa te Huia kua ngaro i te Ao Māori, ko ngā kupu ako i mahue iho, whaka-rongo, whaka-rongo ki te Huia e tangi mai nei, hu-i, hu-i, huiahuia; hui mai nei tātou ki te Marae o Hato Petera kia tutaki ai te kaupapa ora me te kaupapa mate, te hunga kua riro ia Puhihirere, Purereahu, ahu runga, ahu raro, auahi-roa, auahi-ngaro, haere ngā mate. Oku tikitiki whakamanamana, o iwi nui, o iwi mano, o iwi whakatangitangi oriori nei, e ha, kei te tangi ou iwi i mahue nei.' Haere ki te okiokinga i tua o te ārai. Ma nga Tai o Huarau tātou e whakatūtataki aianei, ā, ake tonu atu. Tēnei nga iwi te rū nei, te paro nei, te whakaarorangi nei, mo koutou rā kua ngaro. Haere atu ngā mate, haere, haere atu ra

Ka hoki anō ki a tātou te kanohi ora, e ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e wha tēnei koutou kua whakataerangitia i roto i te tauhou nei. Tēna koutou e ngā waewae tapu, tēna koutou te iti me te rahi kua whakawhiwhia nei ki ēnei mahinga ki ēnei turanga kei tēnei tauranga. Tēnei te whakatau mai i a koutou. Ko ta te taumata nei ki a koutou kua whakaeke mai, no koutou tēnei kainga. Nau mai, piki mai, haere mai na. Puare katoa ana ngā tatau o to tātou wananga ki a koutou.

E hoa ma, e aku whaea, e aku rau rangatira ma tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Tēnei rā te tau hou kua eke mai me ōna mōhukihuki, ōna awhero, ōna whakarehu, ōna hēmanawatanga, ōna kino, ōna pai noki. Nā reira, ka mihi atu i roto i ēnei āhuatanga ko wai hoki e mātau ana he aha kei mua i ō tātou aroaro i roto i ngā rā e tū mai nei. Ko te wawata o te ngākau kia tino nui ko te pai, kia eke panuku, eke tangaroa a tātou wawata.

Ka hoki anō ki to tātou kaupapa, hei whakatau i ngā kaihoe hou, kia mānu tika ai to tātou waka tangata mo te tau 2013.  No reira e hoa ma, tēna koutou, tēna koutou. tēna tātou katoa.

To our new students

We all know what it’s like to be a student on the first day of school. We’ve been there, we lived it: new bag, new stationery, and the perfect uniform. Those of us who have spent time in the classroom know what it’s like for a new teacher on the first day of school: new folders, the best new whiteboard markers that school supplies can provide, and a new outfit complete with comfortable shoes.


When I said we were doing a pohiri for our new school students, friends were interested. What will you say to college students? So I asked them, what do you wish someone had told you in College? Their answers were actually quite similar. So I'm going to tell you what we all wish someone had told us. I'll start by telling you something you don't have to know:  Here at college, you do not have to know what you want to do with your life. People are always asking this, so you think you're supposed to have an answer. But adults ask this as a conversation starter. They really want to know what sort of person you are, and this question is to get you talking. They ask it the way you might poke a crab in a tidal pool, to see what it does.

If I were back in college (I was fortunate to come here by the way) and someone asked about my plans, I'd say that my first priority was to learn what the options were (and if you’re a junior at Hato Petera we’ve made it even easier for you, there are no options, you have to do everything!) That way, you won’t have to be in a rush to choose your life's work. What you will need to do, is discover what you like. You have to work on stuff you like if you want to be good at what you do.

It might seem pretty easy deciding what you like, but it turns out to be quite hard, partly because it's hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs. And there are other jobs you can't learn about, because no one has even thought of them yet. A lot of the work I've done in this last decade didn't exist when I was in college. The world changes fast and the rate at which it changes, is itself speeding up. It's not a good idea to have fixed plans in this environment. I think the solution is to work another way. Instead of working back from a goal, work forward from promising situations. This is what most successful people actually do anyway.

Simple advice, whatever you do, don't give up, you are more than capable of doing what other people can, never underestimate your potential. People who've done great things seem as if they are a race apart. In fact I suspect if you had the fourteen year old Ralph Hotere (who is an old boy and NZs most famous Maori painter), Dr Ranginui Walker (another old boy and distinguished academic) or Dr Pita Sharples (0ld boy -oops of Te Aute College), if they were all here at Hato Petera with you, they'd be impressive, but not unlike your other friends sitting next to you right now. This is an uncomfortable thought. If they were just like us, then they had to work very hard to do what they have achieved. How did these guys achieve greatness? Was it because of some magic Hotereness, Walkerness or Sharplesness, maybe? Or was it because they truly believe in what they are doing. They don’t give up and have the support of people.


You may be thinking we have to do more than get good grades. We have to have extracurricular activities to contend with. Attending Church or collecting donations for a charity is a commendable and great thing to do, but it's not hard. Hard, are things that stretch us, our abilities, our minds, our relationships to improve ourselves and get things done. We need to get things done and some of those tasks will be hard to achieve. What I mean by getting things done is learning how to write well, or how to perform a Kapa Haka bracket, or how to draw the human figure from life.


And what's your real job supposed to be? Unless you're Mozart (who was a child genius), your first task is to figure that out. What are the great things to work on? Where are the imaginative/authentic people? And most importantly, what are you interested in? I like this word "aptitude" and the most powerful sort of aptitude is a consuming interest or passion in some question or task.

So what do you do now, at fourteen?

Beware of bad models. Especially when they excuse laziness. And when I was at HPC, I should have been less worried about doing something cool and just done the things I liked. That's the actual road to coolness anyway. The important thing is to get out there and do stuff. Instead of waiting to be taught, go out and learn. You don't have to wait to start just get to work. And that students is our school motto, kia inoi kia mahi, work and pray, there is no substitute for Gods inspiration or hard work.

Welcome to our school. You are Hato Petera. You are the 85th group of new beginning students to our school.