Plaque un­veiled

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Hun­dreds of mem­bers of the Wa­haroa and Mata­mata com­mu­ni­ties helped Te Kura o Wa­haroa to mark a mas­sive mile­stone on Fri­day.

The school cel­e­brated its 125th birth­day with an open day at the school that in­cluded kapa haka per­for­mances, a kau­matua lunch and speeches.

There was also mem­o­ra­bilia and old pho­to­graphs on dis­play, and a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque was un­veiled in front of the main build­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Kere­opa said it was an ‘‘ex­cel­lent day with an ex­cel­lent turnout’’.

‘‘It’s good to see some of our former stu­dents, or peo­ple who were once a part of the school, come back to help us cel­e­brate,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s been a day of smiles, en­joy­ment, fun and mem­o­ries.’’

One cou­ple happy to share their mem­o­ries of the school was Neville and Sue Lawrence.

They sent all four of their chil­dren to Wa­haroa School – as it was orig­i­nally called – be­tween 1971 and 1985.

Mr Lawrence was also on the school com­mit­tee for 12 years and said the school still ‘‘felt like home’’. ‘‘ We had about 90 stu­dents back then and the com­mu­nity was mostly farm­ers, fac­tory work­ers and the lo­cal Maori com­mu­nity.’’

Mr Kere­opa said it was mas­sive for the school to reach 125 years and he hoped the kura would carry on for at least an­other 25.

‘‘We need the lo­cal com­mu­nity to work to­gether and re­turn to the school so we can keep it go­ing,’’ he said. Guests to share a Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Din­ner.

If you want to at­tend the Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Din­ner on Christ­mas Day at the Mata­mata Bi­ble Church Cafe, phone Colin Arthur on 888 4822 (evenings) or email big­gle­sart8@net­

The event starts at 12.30pm and ad­mis­sion is free.

All do­na­tions will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

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