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Kia Ora Whanau,
COVID-19 has brought about many changes to the world and especially in how we are operating as a country, community and school.
Wellbeing is our main priority at the moment. We have done this before and we can do it again, however, we need your support to get through these unprecedented times. Thank you all for the love, support and understanding as we continue to UNITE against COVID-19.
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Stay safe, Be kind, Stay home and SAVE LIVES
Kia Kaha Kia Toa!!!
Nga Mihi Nui
Kia Hiwa ra, Kia hiwa ra
He aitua, kua hinga he tōtara i roto i te waonui o Tāne.
Kua whēturangitia tō tātou Rangatira a Matua Wally Noble
E tangi ana ā tātou ngakau
Moe mai ra e te Matua i roto i tō moenga roa, Haere ki Hawaiiki nui, Hawaiiki roa, ki Hawaiiki pamamao te huinga o ngā wairua o te pō, moe mai ra.
Our beloved Dad, brother & Papa, Matua Tē Wera Nopera/Wally Noble peacefully passed away on Saturday, 17th October 2020, in Whangarei. Matua is laying in state at Tē Paatu Marae, Pamapuria, 7075 State Highway 1, Kaitaia, until the burial service on Wednesday, 21st October 2020, commencing at 10am. This will be followed by a graveside burial at Tarakaka Urupa.
Te Wera Nopera, or Wally Noble as we know him, hails from the village of Pamapuria, some 10km south of Kaitaia. Like some of our Tamaki College students, he was raised by his beloved Nanas. Wally’s Nanas were a great inspiration to him, and it was them who taught him from an early age about the importance of hard work. Like everyone else from the surrounding area, Wally attended Pamapuria School and, after Standard 6, he progressed on to Kaitaia College for his secondary education.
After Wally left Kaitaia College, he had the wonderful opportunity to join the Māori Affairs Trade Training Scheme, which was administered by the former Department of Māori Affairs from 1959 until it ended in the mid-1980’s. The scheme saw thousands of Māori successfully study and graduate with formal trade training and qualifications and go on to have very successful careers in trade and industry.
At the beginning of the scheme, the only available trade was carpentry, which Wally took up. One of the scheme’s advantages was that it specifically targeted boys from country areas like that where Wally was from. As part of his training, Wally and the boys received what Te Ao Hou Magazine described as ‘intensive theoretical and practical instruction’ in their trade. After the course ended, the boys were placed with employers and completed the remainder of their apprenticeships in the normal way. While they studied, the boys stayed in hostels, mostly run by church organisations.
When speaking to students here at school, Wally has said many times that taking the opportunity to learn a trade has set him up for his whole life. He has managed to do all manner of things: He has worked as part of a group of builders, and he has been in business for himself building houses and commercial buildings. Such is his combination of talent and leadership skills, that he not only had the chance to work on some of the country’s biggest projects – some of which were part of the Muldoon government’s flagship Think Big scheme – but he was a foreman on those jobs and so had responsibility for directing and leading large groups of men. A couple of examples of these jobs were the Marsden Point Oil Refinery near Whangarei, and NZ Steel’s state of the art Steel Mill at Glenbrook. Wally’s inspirational story has had a real impact on a large number of Tamaki students.
As part of that story, Wally tells of how he was scanning through the newspaper one day and saw an advertisement seeking a tradesman to build a marae at Tamaki College which he jumped at. A chance to use his skills as a builder as well as to be part of constructing a marae would be a perfect fit, he thought. And so, Te Poho o Tamaki came into being. It is hard to believe, I am sure Wally would say, that that was 25 years ago.
Once the marae was complete, Wally stayed on as an assistant to the Tamaki College caretaker, Cyril Allsopp, and took over as caretaker when Cyril retired.
Wally has been a staunch supporter of Tamaki College, its staff and students, for all these years. He is universally loved and admired by members of our community, and is selfless in his assistance to everyone. He has made wonderful hangi, played a major part in keeping the school looking as good as it does, used his formidable array of skills to fix problems of every kind, driven people around, supported innumerable fundraisers, and been a friend to many. Fittingly, he is also Kaumatua of Te Poho o Tamaki, the marae that he, himself, was such a major part of constructing.
While Wally is still a true son of Pamapuria, and Te Paatu Marae, it is also true that he is equally beloved of Tamaki College, the Glen Innes community, and Te Poho o Tamaki.
Featuring our very own Alumni student Gloira Tu’itupou from 2019!!!
We can all be proud of this outcome as it is Tamaki College’s first outstanding scholarship winner and it is now a published resource to benefit all from the perspective of Gloria Tu’itupou and her Tongan culture. All of this will not have been possible without the key element of a teacher who saw potential in her student and harnessed this potential with aroha and commitment. You are a shining STAR Whaea Kata.
This resource is a ‘first’ for Tamaki College and will be one of few such like resources in this area. You will also notice how beautiful the front and back cover of the resource is. Whaea Kata gave this opportunity to Vaifoa Lam Sam, our 2020 Headboy and a very talented artist.
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The subject selection site for the 2021 academic year is now accessible to help in your child’s learning pathway and subject selection for next year. Click on button below.Additional info on NCEA and how it works may be found here and is available in several languages. LINK: https://bit.ly/3hSN3nu.
The closing date for subject selection is Friday 16 October.
The Tāmaki College Board of Trustees received its approval for an enrolment scheme as directed by the Ministry of Education under section 11H(1) of the Education Act 1989.
All students who live within the home zone shall be entitled to enrol at the school.
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Please support your child’s learning by encouraging them to use the following online resources:
Manaiakalani Education Trust was set up in January 2011 to be in service of the schools to help them achieve the goals of the Programme by providing access to external resources and networks. Click here.
In partnership with Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Tamaki College seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for our wider community Click here.
AIMHI (Achievement in Multi Cultural High Schools) is a group of nine decile one urban secondary schools where a large proportion of the schools' student population come from Maori and Pacific Islands backgrounds Click here.
I like it here at Tamaki College. I feel like I am part of a family, away from home
A Year 10 Student