Northern News : November 21st 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 NEWS PAN1011818 Metal Tile or longrun roofs give years of outstanding performance, providing outstanding protection, longer lasting colour, less weight and less maintenance so your roof will look great and protect you from the elements for many years to come. LIGHTER, MORE DURABLE ROOFING Superior strength and structural integrity with ZOG Steel Framing. This patented framing system delivers outstanding structural performance. ZOG along with brick cladding has been proven to withstand up to Richter 9 earthquake activity in recent controlled testing and has a 50 year Durability Statement. STRUCTURALLY SUPERIOR STEEL FRAMING VISIT WWW.GOLDENHOMES.CO.NZ TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE GOLD STANDARD BUILDING SYSTEM Ribraft Concrete Floor for strength and security plus R2.2 Insulation Rating. This is the floor which is recommended for all rebuilds since the Christchurch earthquakes. START WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION First Maori graduates Graduated: O Manaia School's first Maori immersion students have graduated. By HAMISH MacLEAN THE graduating class from O Manaia School is off to the Gold Coast. The small south Hokianga school is celebrating its first class of Maori immersion students who have gone through the school from five- year-olds and now graduate as year 8 students with a solid understanding of Maori language and culture. Principal Luke Hiki came to the school in 2005. It was at the time a mainstream school, but by 2007 the school had transformed to a level one Maori immersion school. He says it is not just the instruction in literacy and maths in Maori that benefits the children. It has just brought more of the values and the culture into it and it makes the chil- dren stand a lot more confi- dently. Mr Hiki says that before he came, there was a history of short stays from princip- als. Student achievement in English was down, so parents welcomed change. From 2005 to 2007 the school s roll doubled. In 2011, the school hit 60 students. In terms two and three the class of eight year 8 students decided to raise $15,000 to take a trip to celebrate and to see life outside New Zea- land. More than half the class had to get passports. It will be their first time out- side the country. The O Manaia School com- munity and the wider com- munity will do anything for the kids and they were sup- portive, Mr Hiki says. He knows that in the small community they had to hit the same people up time and again. There s a really rich his- tory in O Manaia, he says. Manaia was a taniwha that came down the valley here, just down past the marae there, by that river that flows towards Rawene, there is a place down there that the taniwha stopped for food. O, he explains, in this case is another word for kai, or food. He says it is important for the children to learn about the area they are from and the stories from their area. The school itself was established as Omanaia Native School in 1881. Though students may have once been whipped for speaking Maori on the school grounds, there is now tremendous pride in the language and the culture at the school. Native Maori speakers now are typically septuagen- arians. Bringing the language back to children is important, he says. Year 8 student Hana Hiki calls the trip a treat. She says she enjoys school in the Maori language and culture. And she is proud of her class as a group. Eliza Ingram is proud of her two daughters in year 8. Being able to go on a trip like that is a prize for their efforts, she says. A call for guitarists Go to northern news.co.nz for a link for some background about Ten Guitars. It could be the biggest musical event the Far North, or even the country, has ever seen. Tip Nikora is aiming to break a Guinness world record in Kaikohe between 4pm and 7pm on December 8. Guitarists will gather at Maihi Memorial Park, opposite the Pion- eer Village, in Kaikohe to make up a huge guitar ensemble. In May this year 7273 guitar players met at the Thanks Jimi Festi- val in Poland to play the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe , breaking the record for largest guitar ensemble . Tip hopes the Guin- ness authorities will recognise the Kaikohe effort on a small scale. He s inviting guitarists to come together to play the famous song Ten Guitars written by Gordon Mills. Ten Guitars became something of an anthem in the 1960s for Maori who had left rural areas for the city. They added Maori style to the English tune and it con- tinues to be a winner. Tip, a member of the Kaikohe Music Club, has applied to the Guin- ness authorities for appropriate criteria and is waiting for a reply. He ll travel the dis- trict with his band T-Rhode to promote the record attempt. They ll busk from 11am to 1pm in Kawakawa on Wednesday, in Paihia on Thursday and in Kerikeri on Friday.
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