Tū ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tihewa mauri ora. Tēna tātou e te whānau, tuatahi, me mihi ki tō tātou matua nui i te rangi, nāna nei ngā mea katoa. Tuarua, ki ngā mate hohua o te wā, haere. Haere ki pae maumahara, haere ki te kainga tūturu mō tāua te tangata. Mate atu he tete kura, ko rātou tēna i okioki ai. Ara ake he tete kura, ka hoki tēnei ki ngā kanohi ora, koutou rā e te whānau, tēna koutou.
|Key Dates This Week
Key Dates This Week
Mon, Apr 25: Anzac Day
Tue, Apr 26: Taratahi Holiday Programme starts (till Apr 29)
Mon, May 2: Kura starts back
Thu, May 5: Paetawhiti Whānau Hui
May 11—13: Hui whakapiki for Paerangi
E rere e te kōtuku rerengatahi. Kua whakawhiti koe ki te whatiwhati kōrero ki te huihuinga wairua. Ko koe tēnei e Hone, kua momotu atu i tēnei ao ki tua o te arai. E Hone, e rere i te rere ka horekau nei i hokia. Haere atu ki nga rangatira i takahia te ara ki te whare tapu o tō tātou Matua Nui I Te Rangi. E Hone, haere, haere, haere atu i runga i te rangimarie, taukiri e te mamae.
The 28th Māori Battalion was part of the 2nd New Zealand Division, the fighting arm of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) during the Second World War.
A frontline infantry unit made up entirely of volunteers, the Battalion contained 700-750 men divided into five companies.
Like the other infantry battalions, the Māori Battalion was divided into five companies: four rifle companies of about 125 men each and a headquarters (HQ) of around 200 men. Each company was commanded by a major or captain. The Battalion’s four rifle companies (named A, B, C and D) were organised along tribal lines, while HQ Company drew its personnel from all over Māoridom.
The main body of the Māori Battalion left New Zealand as part of 2NZEF’s 2nd Echelon in May 1940. The last Māori recruits to see action, part of 2NZEF’s 14th reinforcements, arrived in Italy in April 1945.
In 2009, He Puna Marama Trust became one of seven successful applicants to receive significant ASB funding to implement its vision of a leadership academy for Māori boys. The Leadership Academy of A Company was formally established in 2010.
The Leadership Academy was given its name by the survivors of A Company, including Charlie Petera and the late Sol Te Whata.
The men took on the bureaucracy to claim the Leadership Academy’s name saying they will live forever through the Academy.
The Leadership Academy is seen as a marae for boys. Their vision is Tū Ki Te Marae; Tū Ki Te Ao – Stand on the marae; stand in the world. The boys are encouraged to see the Academy as a place to stand tall and be encouraged to do things they never imagined they could do.
The kaupapa of the Leadership Academy draws its strength and direction from its links to the 28th Māori Battalion, in particular their legacy of honour, courage, resourcefulness, hard work, pride and commitment.
Following in the footsteps of the 28th Māori Battalion, the Academy instils a military ethos that emphasises a sense of purpose, discipline, routine, personal responsibility, leadership training and strong, supportive relationships.
Academy boys undertake physical training, parent-directed activities, te reo and tikanga Māori and, depending on their interests, also participate in sports, music or boxing. The boys get tired, which is part of the challenge! There are no roses in the trenches; it’s all hard work.
Wrapped in a korowai or cloak of unconditional support, the boys come to know that it’s up to them to accept responsibility by making the most of the opportunities put before them.
Kura Starts Back May 2
Go here for the photo gallery for Panui a Kura 22 April.