The toast of Pukemiro
Kaitaia’s Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Pukemiro tumuaki Ngawaiata Evans is proud of all that her students achieved in 2018, but her highest praise was reserved for three who won $25,000 University of Waikato (Te Paewai o te Rangi) scholarships in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.
Aroha Kara, Waimaru Snowden and Keani Samuels also received $1000 Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Pukemiro Te Roopu Wha¯iti scholarships.
Ms Evans said up to 50 university scholarships were awarded nationally to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship, the academic component requiring excellence in NCEA levels 2 and 3.
“For three Year 13 students from this kura to be awarded these scholarships is an amazing achievement,” she said.
“Praise must go to our students’ drive to succeed, their wha¯nau and our wharekura kaiako, who have helped them achieve academic excellence in their studies.”
The following Year 11-13 awards were also presented. Nga¯ Ta¯ onga Te Aho Matua: Te Ira Tangata — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; te reo Ma¯ ori — Waimaru Snowden; Nga¯ Iwi — Keani Samuels; Te Ao — Aroha Kara; A¯ huatanga Ako -Te Wairua Piripi; Te Tino Uaratanga — Waimaru Snowden; Te Ko¯ mata o te Rangi (Dux) — Keani Samuels.
Pa¯ ngarau — Waimaru Snowden; te reo Ma¯ ori — Waimaru Snowden; te reo Rangatira — Waimaru Snowden; Tikanga a¯ -iwi — Keani Samuels;
Ha¯ kinakina — Waimaru Snowden; te reo Pa¯ keha — Keani Samuels.
Pa¯ ngarau — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; te reo Ma¯ ori — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; te reo Rangatira — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; Tikanga a¯ -iwi — Karena Kara; Ha¯ kinakina — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; Pu¯ taiao — Te Wairua Piripi; te reo Pa¯ keha — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown and Aden Moses.
Pa¯ ngarau — Aidan Snowden; te reo Ma¯ ori — Kaira Samuels; te reo Rangatira — Shallen Desmond; Tikanga a¯ -iwi — Kaira Samuels and Kee Lin Snowden; Ha¯ kinakina — Aidan Snowden and Joseph Pomare; Pu¯ taiao — Kaira Samuels; te reo Pa¯ keha — Shallen Desmond.
Te reo Ma¯ ori
Dr Bruce Gregory merit awards for outstanding achievement in te reo Ma¯ ori: Year 11 — Kaira Samuels; Year 12 — Te Manawanui Tawhara-Crown; Year 13 — Waimaru Snowden. Dr Bruce Gregory merit awards for outstanding achievement in Manu Ko¯ rero: Waimaru Snowden( second, bilingual); Shallen Desmond (senior English); Mereana Thomas (junior English); Kalani Tobin (junior Ma¯ ori). Dr Bruce Gregory merit awards for outstanding achievement in Nga¯ Pu¯ Ko¯rero (MWWL): Waimaru Snowden (Tai Tokerau senior male winner, national entry); Kaira Samuels (Tai Tokerau senior female entry); Tawiti Harrison (Tai Tokerau intermediate male winner, national entry); Kalani Tobin (Tai Tokerau intermediate female entry); Marley Noble (Tai Tokerau intermediate female winner, third at nationals).
Dr Bruce Gregory merit awards for outstanding achievement in kapa haka: Keani Samuels and Waimaru Snowden. IMOKO Foundation $200 scholarship for university — Keani Samuels.
“This year has been significant, because with the open heart and open mind of our wha¯nau and community we have been able to achieve all these outstanding accomplishments,” Ms Evans said.
“I would like to thank our kaiako who have put in endless hours of mahi to ensure our tamariki are given the best opportunity for learning. It is a privilege and honour to have such a passionate team who share this same vision. Ka Tu¯ ahau Hei Raukura.”
Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ ori o Pukemiro’s scholarship winners Aroha Kara (left), Waimaru Snowden and Keani Samuels.