Nga Mihi Matua Frank, and the team from Otago University
Navigating our Own Futures
A group of year 13 ākonga that were interested in studying next year at the University of Otago and also the Queenstown Resort College, paid a visit to the region to look at study options. A big mihi to Frank Edwards and his team from Te Huka Mātauraka for their manaakitanga on campus and also to our kura and Academy graduates currently studying at Otago that hosted our ākonga for the night – Harley, Honehau, Mana, Shane and Kauri. Thanks boys, even though it cost us your weight in KFC! As part of transitioning our senior ākonga into tertiary study we have also made education trips to Queenstown Resort College in Paihia, Auckland University, AUT and Waikato University in Hamilton.
As we acknowledge the rise of Matariki on the horizon, we remember that in the old days the constellation was important for navigation and timing of the seasons. Nowadays it’s a time to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year, so it’s a good time to take stock of what we have achieved and to look ahead.
A special ceremony for youth known as the badging of new cadets into its Leadership Academy of A Company was held today in Whangarei.
Te Kāpehu Whetū Principal Dr Nathan Mathews says it’s a ceremony very similar to a military parade where cadets are presented to their whānau and are officially given the academy-pin to wear.
A haka was performed for those who passed away on the battlefield, and those who fought for the Māori Battalion.
Dr Nathan Mathews says, “That’s the best thing about having an academy, you get to acknowledge and commemorate those soldiers who fought in the world wars, for what, as an example for our young men today.”
It’s a celebration of these young men’s efforts, with the hope they will hold leadership roles in days to come.
“The ceremony is an introduction for new members into the Company A Academy, so the academy has been around for six years now but this year is the first time it will be in conjunction with Te Kāpehu Whetū,” says Mathew.
There are 110 students in this charter school and some hope they’ll be in the same shoes as their seniors soon.
Te Hurinui Retimana says, “I spoke to Staff Luke and he said it would be fine for me to join the academy next year.”
Te Ohomauri Henare has entered the academy for the first time, and today wears the medals of his great grandfather Sir James Henare. It’s a very proud moment for the family.
Waimahana Henare says, “I’m so happy my brother has entered the academy because he’s a direct descendant of Sir James Henare.”
Tomorrow Te Kāpehu Whetū will be spending their Anzac Day launching their new waka tētē, a traditional waka Dr Mathews says will help towards understanding Māori traditions and celestial navigation.