Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:44

News Update: Term 1 Week 4

In this week's edition:
-  Matatini ki te Ao
-  Academic Excellence Breakfast 2019
-  International Food Festival 22nd March

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Matatini ki te Ao

Te Whanganui a Tara played host to Te Matatini as thousands converged at the cake tin or Westpac Stadium.  46 of the worlds best kapa haka groups, over 4 days, performed in the biggest indigenous festival of its kind in the world.  After hours, days, weeks, months and even years of preparation groups battled through 3 days of intense competition battling for a place in the final 9 on Sunday.  It was no wonder that there were masses of spectators braving the elements to have front row seats in this extravaganza.  Windy Wellington put on all four seasons!

The streets of Wellington were crowded with strange non-corporate beings and the train station platforms were riddled with a rainbow of team shirts and apparel. All proud to represent their groups, families, tribes or even just being Maori.  The circumference of the cake tin was packed to the hilt with stores of all kinds; Food, clothing, jewellery, health providers, education establishments and much more.  The “tin” was a hive of activity.

Likened to the Colosseum, entering the stadium was like the days of Ancient Rome.  Excited to be entertained were thousands of people; on the stage the battle was real.

Representing Kahungunu and Tauranga Moana, Ngati Ranginui braved the stage.  Many of those in the group were past students of Otumoetai College, furthermore current student Hinemoa Reweti was amongst the mix. We came, we saw, we conquered!   Exceeding all our goals there was a positive uplifting wairua within our camp and most importantly a true sense of accomplishment.

All in all the game (kapa haka) is evolving before our eyes.  Under-dogs are rocking the ship.  Kapa haka andMaori indigenous culture is definitely the winner at the end of the day.  Now to rest ... at least until next season.


Academic Excellence Breakfast 2019

On Tuesday 19th February all students who gained their 2018 NCEA Certificate with Excellence at both Level 1 & 2 were invited to breakfast at the Tauranga Yacht Club.

They each asked one parent/caregiver to accompany them to help celebrate their special success with the college management team.

It was a beautiful morning as all sat, eating a lovely breakfast while watching the ‘Ovation of the Seas’ come around the Mauao and take its berth.

The gathering was spoken to by Mr Tisch and Mr Gordon who both congratulated the students and challenged them to remain on track and repeat the success at the end of 2019. An enjoyable time was had by all.


STEM Festival Held in Tauranga October 2019

The First ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Festival will be held in Tauranga on Saturday 12th October 2019.

A world class STEM Festival that will be FREE to attend and aims to be a celebratory experience that is engaging and inspiring for the whole community and for all ages, from grandparents to toddlers alike - mō te whānau!

We will be bringing exciting STEM innovations directly to the public through practical demonstrations, hands-on activities and learning-by-doing, and by bringing a groups of people who may not necessarily engage with each other in their day-to-day lives with the aim of fostering a new love and passion for STEM.

More information can be found in this press release https://www.taurangastemfestival.co.nz/parents-join-forces-to-host-a-world-class-stem-festival-for-tauranga/

or click here 

DownloadSTEM Festival October 2019 

International Food Festival 22nd March

The Otumoetai College PTA has started planning for the 2019 International Food Festival, to be held on Friday 22nd March at the College. Mark this date in your diary!

LIVE MUSIC * Gold Coin Entry * Eftpos Available.


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