Guest Speaker for Waitangi Day Service

On Thursday, 5 February, the day before the school broke for Waitangi Day, a service was held in the Great Hall to acknowledge this most important day.

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Our guest speaker was Mr Te Warena Taua. Mr Taua is a descendant of the Te Waiohua, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngati Whatua and Waikato tribes. He is an ethnologist by profession and led the Auckland Museum as a curator for over twelve years with extensive knowledge of traditional local tribal history.

He has had ministerial appointments to local Maori and Government Boards, and since the time of Sir Peter Buck, Te Warena was the first Maori to be acknowledged for his services to Maori through the receiving of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He also has close links with King’s as a parent and an uncle of Te Reo teacher, Rihari Wilson. We first became acquainted as a school with Mr Taua when he spoke at the powhiri for our Headmaster, Michael Leach, last year.

Mr Taua gave an entertaining and at the same time extremely informative presentation on our local history. He made the point that acknowledging the Treaty of Waitangi is all about recognising and appreciating our history. He is a gifted orator and a source of comprehensive knowledge.

We were blessed to have him share this with us on this notable occasion.