Te Kura Tuarua o Kaipatiki Opened Whare Wananga today at 5.00am
In 1987, the then Board of Trustees of Glenfield College set aside its first of eight annual contributions of $10,000 towards the building of a Whare Wananga complex on college grounds. The vision held by the then staff, parents and students of Te Roopu Kaipatiki and shared by the Board had begun its long gestation.
In 1995, the then Board of Trustees along with the Whanau parents took the next bold step to move the project forward by establishing a clear three year plan to secure remaining funding. Architectural plans were prepared for this site but sadly when it came time to move into the building phase, funds would not cover the cost of both buildings. A decision was made to build the Whare Kai only and the college has had the use of Kimiroa ever since (1998).
In 2011, current Principal, Mr Benton, decided to investigate the possibility of using an existing classroom owned by the Board as a Whare and after consulting with Whanau parents and the Board of Trustees, an application was made to the Lion Foundation for funding to shift the building to this site, extend it to provide a Mahau or porch, insulate it, re-line it, re-clad it and carpet it. A full fire wall was required to separate the storage room from the main room and a lot of labour has gone into the site and into refreshing the Whare Kai. This totally renovated building and complex has been achieved through the generosity of the Lion Foundation and the work of the staff, parents and students of the school.
Great things often take time. This project has taken 26 years to complete. It has been very satisfying, humbling and exciting to finish the work of those who have gone long before us.
The Board, Whanau parents, staff and students of Glenfield College want to see this complex fully used by the whole school community, cluster schools and friends of our school. It is a place of learning and while there will be much learnt about Tikanga Maori we expect learning to take place across all disciplines.
We look forward to discussing, deciding upon and doing the work of dressing or decorating the Whare over the months and years ahead.