Avondale College is committed to the ongoing development of our relationship with mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki. This week our Board, Executive and representatives of staff and students signed a Memorandum of Understanding with representatives of Te Kawerau a Maki.
Over the next three years we will partner with the iwi through their School Engagement and Development Programme – Mana Kura. This provides us with information and activities that contribute to strengthening educationally powerful connections to Te Kawerau a Maki, enabling us to develop our knowledge of the historical and cultural connections to the whenua, and to share this with our students.
"This is a momentous day for Avondale College," said Dave Erson, Presiding Member of the Avondale College School Board.
"Today we sign an agreement between Kawerau and our kura for an Engagement and Development Programme. This is the start of what I believe will be a wondrous journey for our kaiako and our tamariki. And this is a journey and a relationship that will last for generations to come."
"A number of years ago the School Board and principal determined it was desirable, necessary and vital for our kura to have appropriate relationships with our Maori tamariki and kaiako, with our Maori communities and ultimately with mana whenua."
"We are committed to upholding the principles and the spirit of Te Tiriti."
"We are most fortunate to have kaumatua to guide us on this journey; thank you to Matua Warahi and Whaea Linda, Whaea Bella and Whaea Jenni."
Avondale College's journey is about respect and relationship, said Dave.
"Engaging with Kawerau is another step for us on our journey and a step I am excited about."
The College is looking forward to the ongoing relationship with Te Kawerau a Maki in the years to come.