Taranaki Support Finlayson Park School
Te Rōpu Pūkaka Kapahaka Society and Tūtū Kā’ika are proud to be able to sponsor the Finlayson Park School Year 8 Graduation for Te Huringa Rumaki Reo, in acknowledgement of the Mokopuna and Tuakana that are from the Taranaki region. Although they are not living physically in Taranaki, everyday they make their ancestors proud and we want to encourage them to continue on that journey knowing that Taranaki is behind them every step of the way. Tuku atu, tuku mai te reo me ōnā ture ō ngā mātua tūpuna I ngā wā katoaWe would like to extend an invitation to the whanau of Finlayson Park School from all walks of life to embrace our unique culture and reconnect to Taranakitanga , by visiting, supporting or participating in the annual Taranaki Puanga Festival. The Festival hosts a number of events over three days (29th, 30th and 31st October 2015) at the Waitara War Memorial Memorial PL, WAITARA ,4320.
The entry fee is only a gold coin donation at the door for a day pass. Kapahaka performances for all ages and skill levels including kohanga reo, under 13’s, under 20’s and open senior grades for competitive and non-competitive, Te Reo Speech competitions, sports day, Puanga Idols and poster competitions are some of the main events that can enjoyed by all. Finlayson School Whanau can keep an eye and ear out for our information that will be published in the year 8 graduation books as well being broadcast across the schools own radio kowhai 107.3 FM Mon - Fri 8pm -9pmA big thank you to Matua Tipene (in the featured photo) the YR 7 & 8 senior teacher of Te Huringa Rumaki Reo (THRR) for organising the event and allowing us to support the kaupapa. A special acknowledgement to the Principal of Finlayson Park School, Whaea Shirley Maihi for her unwavering support of all things Māori and providing a safe environment where children from all places can build the essential foundations required for them to learn, grow and achieve while embracing their own unique culture. A prime example of this, was the guest speaker for the Finlayson Park School Awards Assembly day (Gabriel Tongaawhikau - A former student of Finlayson) who shared his experiences with the upcoming seniors of THRR and soon to be juniors of James Cook High School, inspiring them to be persistent and dedicated to whatever challenges they choose to take on.
View the gallery images from the graduation day or stay informed by following us on facebook or via the Puanga event page
- Matua Clive and Whaea Wharekuka