It was fantastic to have the company of over 200 parents and whānau on Tuesday evening at the Mana Māori Awards to celebrate the success of our rangatahi. A special moment of pride for parents and the school was to celebrate the graduation of nearly 50 Māori Year 13 students. These tauira have shown the manawanui needed to see themselves successfully through five years at Waitākere College, achieving highly in sports, culture, the arts and academics. Ka rawe!
The evening was also an opportunity to see our Kapa Haka perform once more, back from their awesome performance at Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga.
The evening was brought together with a great ceremony, plenty of laughter and kai by the kaiako of Komiti Māori and so ably MC-ed by our wonderful Māori student leaders, Ngā Toa o Mua. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.
There were many presentations throughout the evening and our special awards during the evening went to the following students:
Te Rangimārie Award
Te Kauri Winner
Māori Medical Science
Charlotte Harvey Top Year 11 Māori Medical Science student
Elisha Evans-Froggatt Top Year 12 Māori Medical Science student
Ryley Falwasser Top Year 13 Māori Medical Science student
Te Taonga Puāwaitanga
2023 Award Winner
Te Mahi ā Te Rēhia
Award winner 2023
Tu Tama Tane
Tu Tama Tane Winner
Mana Wahine Winner
Te Kotahitanga Teina
Top Junior Māori Academic Achiever
Te Taonga Hūmārie
Te Taonga Hūmārie Winner
Te Kotahitanga Tuakana
Shanae Barber Top Māori Academic Achiever