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Fale Opening!

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Speech by Year 8 Students Ripeka & Rina

Ka tangi te titi, ka tangi te kaka, ka tangi hoki ahau, tihei mauri ora!

Kia Ora, ko ripeka toku ingoa, ko jackson toku papa, ko shontelle toku mama, ko ngati kahungunu toku iwi, ko ngaruroro te awa, ko taranaki te maunga. Kia Orana Ko Rina toku ingoa, Toku metua vaine ko Apii, Toku metua tane ko Siano E tamaine kuki airani, E te amoa au toku nga vaka I rarotonga, Koia oki, Te au o Tonga e Puaikura. We’re here to share with you today a little bit of the history of this project. It started off near the end of 2020. Our school was lucky enough to have an anonymous donor who wanted to gift money towards a special project. One thing the staff were wanting to create was a space for belonging for all our students that was beautiful and special. The idea was suggested to build a fale. To create a strong team, we brought many different perspectives to our project. We’ve had students, support staff and teachers on our team as well as roping in our property manager and principal when we got out of our depth! At the end of last year, as a team, we visited several landmarks in the East to give us inspiration for our fale. We were even lucky enough to get on the radio on that trip! This year, we looked over our photos and felt that Maraeroa kindergarten fale was most attractive. After we purchased this, we had the small job of finding a builder to install it! After a few options that didn’t work out, we didn't know what to do..until one day Junior walked into our staffroom and asked if possibly his whitireia crew might be able to help! This was a miracle! Since then, Tala and his team have worked amazingly hard to provide us with this fantastic new space! We’ve also worked on developing the landscape with tropical plants to create the feel of the space. We hope to bring in some tropical fruit later in the summer, as well as getting an artist to help create murals that makes this into an area where everyone in our community can belong. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou mo awhina tia kia matou me tenei kaupapa.

No reira, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Samoan Language Week Celebrations 2021