Ngā mihi Nui Ki Te haukainga o Parihaka.
On Saturday 10 June the Heartland Tour van went to Parihaka for the Puanga Kai Rau Festival.
Educator and Iwi spokesman Te Ahu Rei of Ngaruahinerangi (listen here) signed a postcard before heading down to the Maara.
On this video Te Ahu talks about the Crown’s apology and the the opportunity the people have in moving forward: education is vital for his people, he says. Te Ahu explains his journey in education and the need to be well resourced in our kura and kohanga reo.
The day before was the Puanga Haeata Ceremony, where over 1000 people gathered to hear the Crown apologise to the tupuna of Parihaka for events in 1881. A moving ceremony followed by the opening of the Puanga Festival.
Puanga Kai Rau is about getting ready for the new year and the new harvest. Te Ahi Kaa o Puanga, the fire was lit on Friday night and stayed lit during the whole festival.
The day started with breakfast and all day activities, including kidszone, weaving, gardening, guest speakers and a concert – Jean Hikaka in the green teeshirt setting up for the kidszone. We had many tamariki and parents coming in with plenty of support for our campaign. Ngā mihi Nui Ki Te haukainga o Parihaka.
The ending of the festival was with karakia and putting the fire out.
Whānau walking to the Maara for the closing ceremony.
Working at a small rural school can be very different from a larger urban one, says Wainuioru principal Karen Goodall. “… your costs are spread out among fewer kids, so there are things that just cost more per student — it means the kids miss out,” she said.
“You want things that enhance kids’ learning in school . . . when we go through the bills every month, I look at it all and there’s not much that is actually for kids’ learning.
“Most of it goes into just running the school. It’s just hard.”
Wainuioru principal Karen Goodall, and New Zealand Educational Institute staff Viv Nicol, Michelle Maguren, and Katrina Ford, Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty, and NZEI member Mike Meehan. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN
“A lot of people don’t realise how stretched the Early Childhood and Primary education sectors are due to chronic underfunding. However, this tour is getting the word out. And when we talk to people about the issues facing education, they are appalled at the way the Government has failed to fund schools.”
He shared the message via video: “Help us keep pressure on the Government to do what is right and invest in our children.”
Labour candidate for Otaki Rob McCann signed the Every Child Is Worth It pledge with Levin support staff. “I’ve only spent one morning shadowing support staff in schools, but as a parent and the partner of a teacher they are absolutely vital. So let’s start paying these good people a living wage and recognise their amazing contribution to our education system.”
Rob came along to the high tea celebrating Support Staff Day at Western House in Levin.
Three political candidates turned out in Taranaki to support the teachers and the Better Funding tour. Labour’s Corie Haddock met with teachers and principals one day and support staff the next, hearing their concerns and he was clearly moved by what he heard from support staff.
The Green Party’s Stuart Bramhall spent the day with the van, canvassing and signing up postcards. And Labour’s Hilary Humphrey was at Inglewood Kindergarten to meet parents and early childhood teachers.
It’s great to see young people on board with the campaign. New Plymouth, June 7 at Huatoki Plaza, Marishka Arden Fisher (left) and Johannesburg Carmichael with NZEI’s Ngawai O’Carroll were happy to send a postcard requesting the Minister of Education put more funding in education. Our children are the future and we need to ensure that we resource education adequately now for future investment.
Below, Michael Barton and Sophie Hammond with NZEI’s Jenny Warnsbrough – Michael was only too pleased to sign.
MANAWATU – APPROXIMATELY 900 CONVERSATIONS AND POSTCARDS SIGNED. GO MANAWATU!!
“Take care of future generations ” was the message loud and clear at Kelvin Grove Kindergarten in Palmerston North. Leanne Walls (holding the box of signed postcards) with (from left) Sarah Aitken, Emma Anderson, Tammy Dodge, and Penny Burton.