Date: 23 June 2022
Our new teaching block was officially named ‘Te Kupenga Wānanga’ at a function at the school on Friday night. Invited guests were welcomed by our Kaumatua, Tuturu Haru. Head prefects Christina Elone and ‘Uluaki Fulivai Kaivelata, explained the significance of the name. Te Kupenga Wānanga is a metaphor for casting our nets wide to strive for knowledge and education in all the curriculum areas in the building.
Te Kupenga o Taramainuku (the fishing net of Taramainuku)
Te Kupenga o Taramainuku is the Māori name for the Manukau harbour bar. Taramainuku is a Te Arawa ancestor and guardian taniwha associated with the Manukau Harbour entrance.
Ngā Kete Wānanga (baskets of knowledge)
Ngā Kete Wānanga are the three baskets of knowledge that Tāne obtained from Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi (the twelfth heaven) and returned to Earth with.
Principal Deidre Shea, Associate Principal Gareth Leadbeater, and Board Chair acknowledged the long journey the school has been on and the dedication of so many people over these years to get to this truly magnificent building.
The delicious and plentiful food prepared in our kitchens by the catering students was befitting of both the fabulous occasion and impressive building. Thank you, Mr Ryan Thom, Ms Karen Coleman, Mrs Shital Wati, Mrs Leanne Lovatt and students who once again provided us with outstanding food.
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