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Jun 302016

Kuranui 1st XI Girls Hockey coach Brien Styles is extremely pleased how the squad is progressing this year.

“Winning the pre-season quadrangular tournament at Clareville was a bonus and has given the girls a lot of confidence” says Styles.

Eight players have returned from last year, the team is captained by Courtney Yee with Caitlin Cryer as vice-captain.

Kuranui plays their hockey In the Wellington Premier 3 College competition. Pool play saw Kuranui winning 3-0 against Queen Margaret 2, 11-0 against Paraparaumu 2, 11-0 against Wellington East.

In the pool cross-over semi-final Kuranui won 2-0 against a very determined Heretaunga. A place in the Premier 2 Grade was confirmed where Kuranui prevailed over a very strong Chilton St James team from Lower Hutt.

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Captain Courtney Yee

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Vice-captain Caitlin Cryer

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Jun 302016

Week 8 Wairarapa Bush Secondary School 1st XV Competition 2016

Wednesday 29 June 2016 at Memorial Park

Kuranui 1st XV vs Chanel 1st XV

Kuranui and Chanel battled it out on Wednesday night in the Wairarapa Bush 1st XV Competition.

A game played in good spirits, Chanel took the lead early and went in at halftime up 28 to 10. Kuranui fought back but Chanel held on to win well 36 to 20.

The difference between the two teams was Chanel’s ability to maintain possession, with their forwards making good ground with the ball in hand. Kuranui fought hard to contain them, none more so than
Kuranui’s Joseph Redfern, Harvey Morison and Samson Dell, but it was Chanel’s game on the night.

Kuranui Try Scorers: Aseri Waqa (2), Brock Loader (2)

Colvin ODonnell Kuranui College Rugby

Colvin O’Donnell

Harvey Morison Kuranui College Rugby

Harvey Morison

Zac Brown Kuranui College Rugby

Zac Brown

Jun 272016

Kuranui 1st XV vs Wairarapa College 3rd XV
HT: Kuranui 29 Wairarapa College 0
FT: Kuranui 46 Wairarapa College 5

Solid performance from Kuranui who did well to retain the majority of possession for most of the game. Another great game for Cole Freeman with his goal kicking and showing impressive pace with a runaway try.
Dominating performance from Erekana Ruru who ran with real purpose with ball in hand and was rewarded with a try.
Regardless of the one-sided scoreline, Wairarapa College defended their try line aggressively, making the Kuranui boys work hard for their tries.

Tries: Colvin O’Donnell (2), Cody Tayles (1), Erekana Ruru (1), Aseri Waqa (1), Cole Freeman (1), Conquest Hadfield (1)
Conversions: Cole Freeman 4 and 1 penalty

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Kuranui 1st XV June 25 02

Kuranui 1st XV June 25 03

More photos on Facebook.

Kuranui Girls Football vs Solway: 3-1 win!

Kuranui Girls Football June 25 01

Kuranui Girls Football June 25 02

Kuranui Girls Football June 25 03

Kuranui Girls Football June 25 04

Kuranui Girls Football June 25 05

More photos on Facebook thanks to Wendy Turton!.

Kuranui Boys Football 1sts v Chanel – 1-2 loss
We did very well to limit Chanel’s chances but we couldn’t recover from a couple of late second-half Chanel goals. Cole Freeman’s bicycle kick to score for Kuranui might be the goal of the season!

Kuranui Boys Football 2nds v Rathkeale – 3-1 win!

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Kuranui Football 2nds June 25 01

Kuranui Football 2nds June 25 02

Kuranui Football 2nds June 25 03
More photos on Facebook.

Kuranui Senior Netball v Martinborough (final score to come)

Kuranui Senior Netball June 25 01

Kuranui Senior Netball June 25 02

Kuranui Senior Netball June 25 03

More photos on Facebook.

Kuranui Blue vs Kuranui Junior – Kuranui Blue won 16-10.

Kuranui Junior Netball June 25 01

Kuranui Junior Netball June 25 02
More photos on Facebook thanks to Nifo Tauiliili.

Jun 202016
25th June UPDATE: “Simplicity” won the People’s Choice award at the Wellington Regional event on Friday night. The band will now make a fifteen minute video to enter in the National Rockquest competition!

Kuranui College’s rock outfit Simplicity will be taking on the best of the region’s school bands at this Friday’s Smoke-Free Rockquest event in Wellington.

The eight-piece band won a place in the regional finals of New Zealand’s only nationwide live, original music youth event, after competing in local heats in Upper Hutt last weekend.

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Now in its 27th year, Rockquest has unearthed the talents of artists such as Broods, Kimbra, Opshop, Midnight Youth, Ladyhawke and the Feelers and Simplicity are hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Simplicity are Aseri Waqa (lead guitar); Sam Manu (guitar); Joseph Te Ngaihi (bass-guitar); Luka Francis-Murray (drums); Connor Fenwick, Tanya Narayan, Chansocheat Chheang and Zamen Lewis (vocals).

Kuranui teacher Trish Hemming, currently acting as manager and band bus driver for the students, is encouraging people to support the band by texting their vote to 8466 with the word ‘simplicity’.

“They are passionate and dedicated to their vision. They have talent in bucket-loads, talent I could only dream about,” she explained. “They are very special and respectful young people, and deserve to be winners.”

Kuranui Principal, Geoff Shepherd, is a big fan and is delighted to see the youngsters vying for a place in the national finals. “We’ve been extremely lucky over the years and have produced some amazing musical talent. I’m sure the rest of the Kuranui students would agree with me in wishing them the very best on Friday.

“I am in no doubt they will make the college extremely proud,” he added.

Simplicity perform at the Opera House, Wellington Friday 24, 7-9pm. Tickets priced $10 on the door.

Jun 152016

Drama and dance students from Kuranui College are proving to be leaders in the world of performing arts after successfully winning awards in both Stage Challenge 2016 and the national finals of the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Over 70 students from the South Wairarapa College recently took part in Stage Challenge. This year the group performed in Napier for the first time, instead of the usual Wellington event, because the local regional competition clashed with the national finals of the Shakespeare Festival.

The dance piece, entitled ‘Tere te Tapahi’, addressed the issue of felling native Kauri. Choreographed by Year 13 student Georgia Wilson, Kuranui won the RAW section and awards for Social Awareness, Student Leadership, Choreography, Visual Enhancement and Concept. The Social Awareness and Student Leadership awards are only given to one school per regional competition.

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This was followed a week later by a successful evening at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. The festival included 50+ scenes from Shakespeare plays performed by students from across New Zealand.

More than 30 students from Kuranui, including a crew who were filming a behind the scenes documentary, performed an excerpt from The Winter’s Tale. The 15-minute piece was directed by Head of Arts Kuranui College, Juanita McLellan, and involved two principal players, Egan Tearle, 17, and Jessica Buckham, 16.

The college picked up two prestigious awards. Buckham won the Best Delivery of the Text and Tearle, the Assessors Award for Outstanding Characterisation. This is the first year Kuranui has won a national award.

The two students are waiting to hear if they have been named to attend the week-long SGNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production intensive course to be held in Dunedin from September 24 to October 2.

McLellan said the Kuranui College troupe had acquitted themselves admirably at the national festival and the awards for two of their number indicated the quality of their work collectively.

“They all did incredibly well and we picked up two big awards including Outstanding Characterisation for Egan and Best Delivery of Text for Jessica,” she said.

“There were lovely certificates and plenty of glory and while all of them can put in their CVs that they were national finalists, Jessica and Egan now have a really good shot at being selected for the production week and could also be among the 24 students chosen to perform at the Globe in the UK.”

Jun 152016

Student leaders from Kuranui College presented a cheque last week for $520 to Hospice Wairarapa General Manager Suzi Adamson.

The year 13 students organised a mufti day during May’s Youth Week which was focused on ‘giving’. Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd said the students had decided that they wanted to support local charities with their fundraising efforts this year.

“Hospice Wairarapa approached us to support their ‘We’re Short for Hospice’ campaign,” he explained. “They provide an essential service to the local community and are not an obvious charity that young people recognise.

“Our student leaders really wanted to make sure that this year’s fundraising efforts were targeted at local groups, they want to focus on giving something back to their own communities.”

Kuranui College Students Raise Money For Hospice Wairarapa

Hospice Wairarapa offers a wide range of programmes and services to support the terminally ill and their families throughout the Wairarapa. They help them to make the most of their lives so they may live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Adamson is extremely grateful for the support “Hospice Wairarapa is absolutely delighted to have the support of Kuranui College to help provide free palliative services in our community.

“These wonderful young adults have welcomed the opportunity to have conversations about helping make every day count for those with any kind of terminal illness, at any age or stage of life. We cannot thank them and the Kuranui staff enough for their openness and generosity,” she added.

Details on how to make a donation to Hospice Wairarapa can be found at

Jun 142016

It’s not often you can get teenagers out of their beds early on a Sunday morning let alone to run 10km, but Kuranui P.E teacher Mel Graves managed both with her Year 13 students.

On Sunday, the Level 3 class travelled to Palmerston North to run with the Manawatu Striders. Kuranui 3Train used the event to work towards an internal assessment worth four NCEA credits.

“In the lead-up to the event, the students had created their own training programmes and had been training since the beginning of April,” explained Kuranui P.E teacher Mel Graves.

“They are all now completing an evaluation of their training, which is worth another four credits, so in total they could potentially pick up a total of 12 credits throughout this unit.”

The eight students were registered in the 15-18 age group. Joseph Redfern ran in second, closely followed by Aseri Waqa, Liam Kawana, Cole Freeman, Nick Ariell, David Sammons and Jaydan Wilson, all running under 53 minutes. Returning from injury and the only girl in the group, Courtney Yee ran the 5km and placed second.

Kuranui Teenagers Train To Gain

“We ran the Manawatu Striders event because it fell at the end of a perfect eight-week training window,” said Kuranui Head Boy Joseph Redfern. “I like running and I really enjoyed, I was just annoyed I was sick for it, so I didn’t get the time I wanted, but it was a cool run and a great experience.”

“The students were disappointed not to gain excellences in the run, but are keen to keep training to gain a top award,” added Graves.

Jun 122016

Nathan Crombie has coverage in the Wairarapa Times Age of drama students from Kuranui College excelling at the national finals of the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2016 in Wellington at the weekend.

Head of Kuranui College arts Juanita McLellan said a crack squad of more than 30 students from the school, including a crew who were filming a documentary, had performed a 15-minute excerpt from The Winter’s Tale that she had directed, and the two principal players, Egan Tearle, 17, and Jessica Buckham, 16, walked away with major awards.

Kuranui College Drama Students Jessica Buckham And Egan Tearle
Jessica and Egan (front centre) now have a really good shot at being selected for the production week and could also be among the 24 students chosen to perform at the Globe Theatre in London next year!

You can read the full article on the Times Age website.

Jun 112016

Some very close games on the weekend!

Landsdowne Corys 25-23 Kuranui A
SMS Junior A 16-13 Kuranui Maroon
Kuranui Juniors 25 v SMS Gold 7

Thank you to Fiona Higginson for these great photos.

Jun 022016

Kuranui 1st XV vs Makoura 1st XV Wednesday 1.6.16

Half Time: Makoura 12 – Kuranui 5
Full Time: Makoura 12 – Kuranui 22

A great display of opening running and exciting college rugby on a very cool Wednesday evening. Both teams displayed courage and commitment on attack and defence, duly appreciated by the equally committed and enthusiast supporters for both sides.

Congrats to Kuranui; you played an awesome game showing us all you have the heart and composure to beat a quality opposition. Good signs, boys, keep it up!

Tries: Cole Freeman, Dre Rimmer, Conquest Hadfield
Conversions: Cole Freeman (2)
Penalties: Cole Freeman (!)