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Jun 232014

Tomorrow (Tuesday 24th) night is a fantastic opportunity to see Warren Maxwell, Cruize Karaitiana and Kuranui’s own Anna ‘Mae’ Jamieson performing in a concert fundraiser for Jacob Skinner.

The concert is the brainchild of nine Kuranui Year 12 students aimed at raising money for their friend Jacob Skinner, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.

It’s only $5 per person or $15 for a family, so bring your whanau and friends, enjoy some fantastic live music, and help make the fundraiser a huge success!

Tickets at the door- doors open at 6, show starts at 6.30.

Kuranui College Concert - Warren Maxwell Cruize Karaitiana - 24 June

Jun 232014
Kuranui leaders - Anna 'Mae' Jamieson

Kuranui’s Anna ‘Mae’ Jamieson will be joined by Cruize Karaitiana at the Kuranui Concert

Earlier in the year, a number of Kuranui College students attended the annual YMCA Leadership Course at Camp Kaitoke and were set the task of giving something back to their community.

It didn’t take long for nine of the year 12 students to come up with the idea of putting on a concert to raise money for their friend Jacob Skinner, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.

Bethany Patten, Jordan Gates, Cheyne Apiata, Walter Barber, Hannah Dare, Murphy Cater, Shannon LeGros, Emma Taumoepeau and Jasmine Yoi make up the leadership group organising the event.

“We had to organise a project to give back to the community and being a music student I had put forward the idea of a concert,” explained one of the organisers Bethany Patten. “The fundraiser for Jacob is our giving back to the community.”

“We also have NCEA Level 2 and 3 solo assessments coming up, so it’s an opportunity for some of Kuranui’s musicians to showcase their talent and be recorded for their assessments.”

The group needed to draw attention to the fundraiser, so they approached a headline act and got in touch with Warren Maxwell and New Zealand’s Got Talent’s Cruize Karaitiana.

“We face-booked Cruize and he agreed to perform for us on the night and Warren is going to be our MC for the evening,” said Bethany.

Kuranui pianist Anna “Mae’ Jamieson will also be performing on the night. Anna was awarded the Female Musicianship award and came first in the Solo-Duo category at last Friday’s Wairarapa SmokeFree Rockquest.

“We also have spot prizes to give out during the evening and the Kuranui drama students will be selling food to help raise some money for their trip to Europe,” Bethany added.

“We hope we will create an entertaining evening for the South Wairarapa and Carterton and to raise a lot of money for Jacob.”

The Kuranui Concert will be held in the College Auditorium on Tuesday 24 June. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available on the door priced $5 or $15 for a family.

Jun 212014

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in Masterton, Papawai Marae and Kuranui College in Greytown have joined forces to provide an exciting new marae-based agricultural training programme in the Wairarapa.

Taratahi will provide agricultural training for 12 students from Kuranui College on Papawai’s adjoining farmland, allowing students to experience ‘real training on real farms’. The programme is part of the Primary Industries Trades Academy (PITA) training programme funded by the Ministry of Education.

Taratahi has named the programme ‘Ringa Raupā, Ringa Ahuwhenua’ (‘Industrious Hands, Agricultural Hands’) to emphasise the connection of Māori with the land and the idea of using our hands and hard work to create success.

The programme will include a mixture of agricultural skills and Māori cultural components such as whaikōrero (oratory), pepeha (links to the land) and waiata (song) as unique points of difference.

On Thursday 5 June a powhiri was held at Papawai Marae in the Wairarapa to officially launch the programme.

Kuranui, Papawai and Taratahi Agricultural Training

Taratahi Chief Executive Dr Donovan Wearing oversees the official signing by Papawai Marae Representative Paora Ammunson, Kuranui College Principal Geoffrey Shepherd and Taratahi Ag In-School Manager Josie Whaanga

Staff and students from Kuranui College and Taratahi staff were welcomed onto the marae by the Papawai Marae community. Speeches were made by Papawai representative Paora Ammunson, Kuranui Principal Geoffrey Shepherd and Taratahi Chief Executive Dr Donovan Wearing. All three partners complimented the work that had been done behind the scenes in order to get the programme up and running for the youth of the Wairarapa.

Paora Ammunson said the development of the programme had been fast moving. “Like all good ideas you think to yourself, crikey, why didn’t we do this ages ago? This programme will help Papawai become an ‘active village’. We need young people on the marae kicking a football around, learning new things, taking care of their whanau, debating and questioning. This programme is doing all of that. Congratulations Taratahi on your bravery. When good people come together good things happen” said Paora.

Paora laid a challenge down to the 12 Kuranui school students as he pointed out the many photos of Papawai’s ancestors on the walls of the marae. “Yes you can be a milker or shearer but we want you to challenge yourselves, we want you boys to aim high, as high as your ancestors have done. We expect you to be our future Farm Managers, Rural Lawyers and Farm Owners.”

Principal Geoffrey Shepherd said he felt that he was back amongst friends. “Here we are again, with old friends. This programme will only further strengthen our friendship. We are embracing the idea that learning does not need to be in the classroom”.

Dr Donovan Wearing says that although the programme is a pilot scheme, it has the potential to go further. “Eventually we would like to roll this programme out nationally. The programme fits in well with Taratahi’s vision of greater collaboration with Māori, including greater understanding of how we can work together and improve the way we share knowledge.”

The programme will run every Thursday for the rest of the 2014 school year and will be taught by Taratahi’s agricultural skills tutor, James Doyle.