Te Pā Wānanga continue their search for a Māori speaking teacher
In July last year, Te Karere visited Blenheim's Omaka Marae, the site for Te Pā Wānanga, the first kura Māori in the Marlborough region.
While the buildings are nearing completion, according to Campaign Organiser Kiley Nepia there's been a problem of finding a Māori speaking teacher.
“Kua tae mai ngā karaehe, ngā karaehe e rua nei, Kua tono mai ko wai te kāhui tauira tuatahi ka uru atu ki roto. Heoi anō, i tēnei wā kei te kimi mātou i tētahi tino kaiako māna tēnei kaupapa e ārahi.”
The Ministry of Education has granted Te Pā Wānanga $1 million to build their new school.
They'll operate under Renwick School and Nepia says they're after someone special to lead their school.
“Kei te kimi mātou i tētahi tino kaiako. Tētahi tangata e ngākaunui ana ki ngā tamariki Māori nei. Tētahi tangata e mārama ana me pēwhea te whakaako i te tamaiti, tētahi tangata e mārama ana ki te Ao Mārama, me kī, ki te Ao Māori nei. Tētahi e mōhio ana ki te reo.”
They'll start off as a bi-lingual unit with two classes and 20 students until they're strong enough to stand independently as a kura Māori.
Nepia also says he hopes the teacher will grow with the school.
“Kotahi anake te kaiako i tēnei wā mō ngā reanga katoa. Engari he kaiāwhina, he kaitautoko āna. Ka tipu te kura, ka riro he kaiako anō nō reira kei te kimi mātou i te kaiako matua mō tēnei wā.”
They hope to see construction finished in a few weeks, ready to take students in term three.
“Tēnā tono mai, tēnā haramai, ki te riu o te Wairau i raro anō i ngā hihi o Tamanui-i-te-Rā i roto anō i ngā manaakitanga a te haukāinga.”
Applications close on Friday.