Art funds pupils’ trip

Hastings Leader - - News -

Iron­gate School deputy prin­ci­pal Tony McCann is thrilled that art work on sale as a fundraiser for stu­dents to travel to Miru Miru Marae in Marokopa has sold.

“We had an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd that came from Flaxmere and the wider dis­trict,” Tony says.

“The stu­dents now have all the money they need for the travel — just a little more ($5000) to raise to cover food for the 60-odd kids.

“It was a fan­tas­tic night, and great to get such strong sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

“All 52 art works sold, with the big­gest con­tri­bu­tion com­ing from Ma¯ ori vis­ual arts school Toimairangi [about 60 per cent]. We very grate­ful for the huge sup­port.

“It’s a bonus that now there are 52 orig­i­nal works of art by lo­cal artists, both recog­nised and emerg­ing, hang­ing in homes across Hast­ings.”

The 65 Iron­gate School Year 7 and 8 pupils are head­ing next month to re­mote Miru Miru Marae in Marokopa, ac­ces­si­ble only by barge, about 150km north of New Ply­mouth on the west coast.

The five-day ed­u­ca­tional trip will fo­cus on cul­ture, the sciences, whaka­papa links, and the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween the two coasts.

“There are a lot of ques­tions for the kids to an­swer,” Tony says. “Why the black sand on that coast; why is the nı¯kau palm pre­dom­i­nant over there; why the dif­fer­ences in the wildlife in the two ar­eas; how are some or our fam­i­lies linked to that coast? There is so much to learn.”

The chil­dren have been mak­ing for­mal pre­sen­ta­tions to busi­nesses and artists, hugely suc­cess­ful at get­ting spon­sor­ship and art for the evening.

It’s a big job fundrais­ing to get all the way to the West Coast but these kids are de­ter­mined to make it hap­pen.

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