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What a superb Matariki celebration on Friday. The day began with the perfect dawn. Not a breath of wind and only a slight touch of chill. Congratulations to all the whānau who managed to make the 7.15am start.
We all gathered on the terraces, to enjoy the ceremony which began with the haunting sounds of the pūtātara. Matua Rudolph then opened proceedings with his special flair and wisdom of tikanga Māori. Cooper, our MC, made sure our programme ran smoothly and to schedule. This year, we were fortunate to have Hannah Wynne perform a moving waiata for us. As dawn broke and the mist surrounded her, it was quite magical.
We had our Maori potato seeds blessed during the ceremony
It was a pleasure for the staff to be able to serve our Whanau breakfast after the official ceremony.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Matua Rudolph for being a true ‘Taonga’ (treasure) of our school and also Whaea Lisa (Rolle) for all her commitment and hard work ensuring this was a wonderful and touching celebration.