Newsletter: 20 May, 2021

Camp Orongo Bay, Kororāreka (Russell)

By Tara

We had the most incredible end of term camp, which solidified the terms learning theme of people, place, and environment. We're so grateful to Nigel, the teaching team, and the admin team for organising and running such a successful and educational trip. I'm not sure who learned more, the parents or the tamariki!

The tamariki were divided into car groups and we set off from Pakiri School. Everyone was in high spirits.

We took a lot of ferries over our three day trip!

We learned that Kororāreka was a lawless trading centre where whalers, seafarers and merchants mixed with adventurers, deserters and escaped convicts from Australia.

This is the view from Flagstaff Hill over Kororāreka. We learned about this historic site and the chopping down of the flagpole by Māori (4 times!).

We visited Pompallier House, which was a mission printery.

The highlight was Waitangi where we learned about the other New Zealand flag.

We saw the traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes).

We visited the Treaty House (and did some cartwheels). 

And the Māori performing arts group put on a sensational show for us in Te Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House).

Afterwards the tamariki performed a waiata to thank the performers.

Auckland Writers Festival  

by Whaea Rose

On Tuesday 11th of May, ten of our Pakiri children in years from 5-8 headed down to the Aotea centre for the Waitahi O Tamaki – Auckland Writers Festival to listen, in person, to authors/poets/Illustrators and writers from the USA, Australia, and NZ .

These included Selina Tusitala Marsh, our very own first Pacific Poet Laureate , Bernard Beckett, Matt Stanton (online), Weng Wai Chan, Ben Brown Te Awhi Rito NZ Reading Ambassador, Shilo Kino and Jesse O .

They wrote about various topics from diversity, fantasy , land issues and prisons, childhood dilemmas of growing up using toilet humour and a  virus pandemic that occurred ten years ago!

Authors gave their personal histories and backgrounds , sharing their tips and inspiration for writing . Children were invited to ask questions at the end and meet the authors for autographs as well.

We are grateful to the board for a wonderful opportunity to extend our literacy and art curriculum. A BIG thank you to Christine and Tara who were our parent helpers on the day!

”I liked all of the authors but enjoyed Bernard Beckard who created The Tunnel of Dreams.”


”Just really good and I liked all of it.”


“It was enjoyable and I would like to go back. My favorite author was Matt Stanton.”


“My favorite author was Selina Tusitala Marsh and asking questions.”


“I liked the tunnel of dreams guy Matt Stanton.”


Colour Fun Run

by Matua Nigel

I want to say a huge thank you to all students and whānau who not only collected donations for the fun run but who also came along and helped and participated.

It was great to see all of our kids getting in there and participating in their own way and as always, seeing the tuakana helping our teina so naturally. 

As always, behind the scenes, there are a number of people organising and setting up. I want to thank Kelly Ayres for initiating this fundraiser and also organising the lead up and actual day so that it ran as smoothly as it did. Kelly was not alone in this, and I would like to acknowledge Cindy, who helped with the set up and organisation, Aunty Treena who was our first aid person and Biscuit who provided the paddock for us to do it. The team of parents who supported this team on the day were fantastic and from our kura to you all - NGĀ MIHI WHĀNAU! Thank You so much!

We were also very lucky to have the opportunity to get not only covered in coloured powder, but also soaked and cooled off by water that was provided and squirted by the amazing Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade. You guys are legends! Thanks so much!

Our kids are so lucky to have the whānau and community aroha that is continually displayed and how awesome it is for them to be able to see what community and the value of service in our everyday lives looks like.

Sand Mining Hearing

by Matua Nigel

Last week, our tamariki were kindly asked to be part of the pōwhiri for the sand mining hearing that took place in the Pakiri Community Hall. These little champs represented the kura and community so beautifully. They sang waiata with mana and showed our value of whakaute (respect) when listening to kaumātua speak. It was a morning which will be remembered fondly by all and a huge mihi out to the whānau who were present for the amazing tautoko you showed our tamariki.