Northern News : February 16th 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 0800 FAST BUILD z 0800 327 828 www.advancebuild.co.nz FREE CONCEPT DESIGN with every quote given before March 2011 Smart new homes to suit your lifestyle! Regal recognition Honour: Sir Anand Satyanand addresses students and teachers at Bay of Islands College. Photo: RICHARD EDMONDSON By RICHARD EDMONDSON IT'S NOT every day a chauffeur-driven Jaguar sporting a royal crest instead of a number plate pulls up outside Bay of Islands Col- lege. But then it's not every day the Queen of England's rep- resentative in New Zealand drops in for lunch. Sir Anand Satyanand and his wife Lady Susan spent a couple of hours at the Kawakawa secondary school on February 4 while in the Far North for Waitangi Day commemorations. Sir Anand told trustees, staff and students at a powhiri welcome that it was a pleasure to be the first governor general to visit the 53-year-old school. He said the school could be proud of the successes of past students, including district court judge Greg Davis and Wiremu Leef, who is com- manding officer of the Navy vessel Manawanui. It also seems that former prime minister Mike Moore and his family spent time at this college.'' Sir Anand encouraged students to aim for success and make a positive contri- bution to their community and country. Each student here has the potential to be great. In order to make that a reality, it is important that you persevere achieving your goals,'' he said. Principal Elgin Edwards said it was an honour to host a governor-general. We're not absolutely sure, but we've asked our kauma- tua and as far as they know it's the first time.'' He confessed to being uncertain about the correct way to greet a head of state. He didn't think it appropri- ate to kiss Sir Anand's feet -- a gesture of respect Mr Edwards had seen in India where he grew up. I won't touch you. I'll touch the ground you walk upon,'' he said drawing laughs from the audience. Mr Edwards agreed the students could be anything they wanted to be if they worked hard enough. They might even have an advantage over students at other schools Sir Anand had visited. Not all students look beautiful, but the students at this school are. Their hearts shine through their outside bodies,'' Mr Edwards said. More photos P7 Go online to www. northernnews.co.nz for a video of students performing a haka at the powhiri.
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