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May 312016

Half Time: Kuranui 0-52 Rathkeale White
Full Time: Kuranui 5-74 Rathkeale White

Kuranui started slowly and were quickly overwhelmed by a bigger and more determined opposition. They finished the first half looking at a cricket score against them.

Dylan gave the boys a rev-up in the break and boys showed real determination and strength of character in the second half.

They scored first through a strong forward effort, and although they didn’t get on the scoreboard again, they kept working hard to make Rathkeale earn their remaining points. A strong 2nd half and you can be proud of your effort Kuranui!

Tryscorer: Lorenzo Hewison

May 292016

Kuranui College dominated this year’s South Wairarapa Rotary (SW Rotary) Youth Awards, held during Youth Week in Greytown. Four current and five former students were presented awards by Inspector Donna Howard, Wairarapa Area Commander Police.

The first recipient, Year 13 student Jacob Skinner, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma early in 2014 and spent most of the year receiving treatment in Christchurch Hospital. Despite being very ill, he completed 28 NCEA credits gaining 22 at merit level. Completing two years’ study in one year on his return to school, he received a merit endorsement for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 1 and completed Level 2 NCEA. He gained his award for personal courage.

Rotarian Dave Hayden, in charge of overseeing the awards, said, “Jacob has certainly demonstrated courage in the face of high adversity and is an inspiration to us all.”

SW Rotary Youth Awards 2016

Jacob Skinner, Joseph Redfern, Mr Taylor, Mr Taumoepeau, Emily Morison, Mrs Thurston, Cole Freeman, Civic Cruz, Inspector Howard, Hope Sexton.

Kuranui Head Boy Joseph Redfern was given his award for academic perseverance. Despite being hospitalised to remove his appendix, he continued with a determined attitude and gained NCEA Level 2 with an excellence endorsement.

Past student Connor Taumoepeau received his award for service to the community. Last year he was the student representative on the Greytown Community Board, a Wairarapa Youth Council member and a Student Leader at Kuranui College. Amongst other practical community projects, he organised and ran a fundraiser for the Wairarapa Cancer Society. He is now studying at Massey University.

Last year former student Zoe Thurston won the regional final as Student Director in the Sheillah Wynn Shakespeare competition and went on to represent Kurauni at the National Finals. She competed in the intercollegiate music competitions and took the lead role of Bloody Mary in the Kuranui College production of South Pacific.

An extremely talented singer, Zoe also placed top three for vocals at the Hutt Music Association Vocal Competition and gained three first placings in the Hutt Valley Arts Society competition. She was a recipient of the SW Rotary Martinborough Fair Bursary last year and is now studying Science at Auckland University of Technology and was presented a Youth Award for Arts and Culture.

Civic Cruz, another former student, was also presented an award for arts and culture. The SW Rotary panel were impressed with the tenacity shown in pursuing his ambition in drama. He works at Carterton New World where he has proved to be an excellent employee.

“Many of you will know him for his efficiency as a checkout operator and his polite and friendly manner,” added Hayden.

Civic was chosen as the regional representative for Checkout Operator of the Year in 2015. While working fulltime, he studied and performed at the Globe Theatre, a trip he won as an outstanding actor at the Shakespeare Sheillah Wynn competition in 2014. He was also seen as a huge asset to the arts at Kuranui College, taking a lead in the school production of West Side Story and was central to a successful Stage Challenge production. He will again take to the stage in a Greytown Little Theatre production in June.

SW Rotary Youth Awards 2

Inspector Howard talks about her 25-year career in the NZ Police force.

Deputy Head Boy Cole Freeman was the recipient of an award for excellence in sport. He plays cricket for the Greytown Men’s Cricket Team and has been both a Wairarapa U17 cricket and U16 rugby representative. He has given service to sport through his coaching of the Kuranui College U15 boys’ cricket team, as a cricket umpire and by assisting with primary school sporting events. He was also Kuranui Senior Sportsman of the Year.

Kuranui Sports Leader, Emily Morison, was another recipient of an award for excellence in sport. Emily has attended the National Talent Centre for Football and in 2014 was MVP at U19 NZ Futsal Nationals while aged just 15. She has played National League football and made the National Age Group tournament selection team. She also plays for Upper Hutt and trains over the hill five times a week, but despite a challenging training and travel schedule, she has maintained her academic level, graduating with merit or excellence every year. Last year, she was overall Kuranui Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

Former student Dylan Taylor was unable to receive his award for entrepreneurship on Wednesday, as he was involved with helping with the lighting for the stage production of Ice Age at the TSB Bank Arena. Talented with creativity in sound and lighting, he was responsible for the sound and lighting while at Kuranui College.

While still at school, Dylan began his own business, undertaking many professional gigs both in the Wairarapa and in Wellington, including working on productions for the last two Festivals of the Arts. He was also a recipient of a Martinborough Fair Bursary and has begun a degree in Design and Innovation at Victoria University

Hope Sexton was given an award for leadership in the community. In 2013, while still at school, she was invited to be the youth representative on the South Wairarapa District Council Graffiti Working Party. In 2014 she played a large part in setting up a youth group, Wairarapa Anglican Youth, to engage youth in Featherston. She has also volunteered at both Featherston Booktown events and was awarded an internship to spend four weeks in Clunes, Victoria, Australia working on their own Booktown. During last weekend’s event, Hope organised for ten Featherston youngsters to meet Sir Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop.

Since October 2015, she has been a youth MP for the Youth Parliament and is on the Health Select Committee, which will be deliberating and considering evidence on how mental health issues and suicide prevention can be managed better.

May 262016

Kuranui’s defence worked well to battle it out with the big Chanel forwards in the first half, with Kuranui taking the half time lead 10 to 8.

The game came alive in the second half with some big tackles by both teams! Eventually some gaps appeared in the Chanel defence and Kuranui took their chances and the win: full time score 43-15.

Well done boys – a great team win!

Try Scorers – 1 each to Renata Teofilo, Brock Loader, Harvey Morison, Samson Dell, Aseri Waqa, Gracyn Evans and Cody Tayles
Conversions: 4 by Aseri Waqa

May 252016

Secondary School Squash Tournament

Sunday 19th June-Monday 20th June at the Redstar Squash Club, Individual and Team competitions, $10-00 per player. See Mr Yee at the Sports Office of you are interested.


Chess Tournament

If you are interested playing in a Secondary Schools Chess tournament for Championship and Rookie players at Kuranui on Monday 30th May, please get a consent form from the Sports office door. It’s is FREE to enter in this tournament.


Kuranui Sports Socks- Are available for purchase from the Sports Office, $14-00 pair.

Kuranui Maroon Sports Shorts- are $25-00, and also available from the Sports Office.




May 242016


Congratulations to our Swimming Champions!

Under 14 Girls-Amelia O’Connell, Under 15 Girls-Meghan Appelman, Under 16 Girls-Tylah Higginson, Under 19 Girls-Brooke-Amelia Lewington.
Under 14 Boys-Pierce Aarsen, Under 15 Boys-Lachlan O’Connell, Under 16 Boys-Gavin Hosnell, Under 19 Boys Liam Labett.

A successful morning of swimming from the brother and sister combination of Lachlan and Amelia O’Connell.
Between them, 3 long-standing records were broken:

  • Lachlan O’Connell (under 15 Boys) 50m Breast Stroke 49.5 (new record) previous= 50.44s (held by Jared Gray 2005)
  • Amelia O’Connell (under 14 Girls) 25m Freestyle 17.84 (new record in heat) previous= 18.05 (held by Grace Hammond 2008)
  • Amelia O’Connell (under 14 Girls) 50m Breaststroke 50.78 (new record) previous= 53.29 (Hanna Hammond in 2008).


Kuranui Athletic Champions

Under 14 Girls-Amelia O’Connell, Under 16 Girls-Amelia Butcher, Senior Girls-Brooke-Amelia Lewington and Emily Morison.
Under 14 Boys-Callum Higginson, Under 16 Boys-Lincoln Williams, Senior Boys-Brock Loader.



1st XV – Won 21-19 against Rathkeale 2nds.  Won 54-0 against Wairarapa College 3rds.

U15- Won 26-17 against Rathkeale Green.


Netball – Grading games

Kuranui A – Won 24-11 against Chanel A. Won 17-15 against Wairarapa College Int. A.

Kuranui Maroon – Won 22-13 against Makoura B. Lost 13-17 against SMS Snr A.

Kuranui Blue – Lost 3-19 against Wai Coll Senior Social. Lost 0-35 against SMS Jnr B.

Kuranui Junior A – Lost 10-30 against Wai Coll Int Blue. Lost 2-28 against Wairarapa College Snr Blue. Players of the day were Ruby Fairbrother and Annabell Shields.


Football– Grading games

Kuranui Boys 1st XI – 3-3 draw against Chanel 1st XI, with Brock Loader having a great game.

Kuranui Boys 2nd XI – lost to Rathkeale 2nd XI. Won 18-0 against Chanel Colts.

Kuranui Boys 3rd XI – lost 1-2 against Rathkeale Junior White, a very evenly matched game, with Josh Price named player of the day. Game 2- Lost 1-3 against Wairarapa College Junior Blue.

Kuranui Girls -Won 3-0 against St Matts 2
Kuranui dominated the midfield with our quick players up front hassled their defence all day. Strong showing from Danielle Turton and Emily Morison in central midfield who shared the scoring.
Izzy Davidson was named player of the day who shined in her first game in defence.
Game 2-  Won 3-0 against Makoura 1.
Player of the day was Femke van Steensel who managed some awesome tackles!



Kuranui Girls 1st XI- Won 3-0 against Queen Margaret 2.

Won 11-0 against Paraparaumu. Won 11-0 against Wellington East 2.

Boys 1st XI- Won 3-0 against Wairarapa College 3.
1 nil at half time. 3 nil full time.  Great first game with a lot of new players in the team. Goal scorers Curtis Goodley, Jordan McGarva, Gavin Hosnell. Player of the day was Gavin Hosnell Strong all round play.
Game 2-  Lost 0-4 against Rathkeale Pioneers, a few areas to work on at next practice with Curtis Goodley, who worked tirelessly all day, named player of the day.



Kuranui Rockets vs. Kuranui Jets won by Rockets.

Kuranui Rocket won 29-21 against Chanel.

Kuranui Jets lost to Makoura.


Kuranui Cross Country Age Group Champions

U14 Girls- Amelia O’Connell, U15 Girls- Amelia Butcher, U16 Girls- Jeni Davidson, Senior Girls- Courtney Yee.

U14 Boys- Connor Turton, U15 Boys- Anthony Rowe-Penny, U16 Boys- Thomas Laybourn.


Wairarapa Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs

Kuranui had a team of 11 runners that competed at the Solway Show grounds in Masterton with all runners showing tremendous courage in the wet misery conditions.

Top 10 placings were achieved by Amelia Butcher 6th in the U15 Girls, Jeni Davidson 6th in the U16 Girls, Thomas Laybourn 7th in the U16 Boys, Amelia O’Connell 10th in the U14 Girls and Anthony Rowe-Penny 4th in the U15 boys.

A huge thank-you to our Kuranui staff and students who assisted in time-keeping/finishing judging and course spotters.
To Michael Rowe-Penny (our head course marker), along with Anthony and Amelia for marking the course out for us with cones, ‘Thank-you all’, we appreciate it.


Kuranui Swimming House Points

Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings and participating.

Wairarapa- 70


Ruamahunga- 111

Tararua- 275


Congratulations to our Wairarapa Netball Representatives

Olivia Cadwallader – U15 Development Team.

Leana Malcom-Rzoska – U15 Team.

Tyler Higgison- U16 Team.

May 212016

Kuranui started slowly in the first game of the season but hung in there despite being behind at half time 12-7.

The second half was the turning point as the team began to play to their game plan and started to apply some real pressure.

Rathkeale defended strongly but perseverance and fitness led to Kuranui gaining the upper hand and ultimately victory with 2 tries each to Joseph TeNahihi and Hoeroa Hohaia. Caleb Freeman kicked 3 conversions, 2 of them from difficult angles.

A good start to the season!

Photos by Linda Smith.