The annual Pō Whakanui was held on the 29th of November 2020 and was attend by over 150 students and whānau. The keynote speaker for the evening was Rhodes Kihi-Apuwai, past Te Tohu Amorangi recipient in 2017. Rhodes spoke about his source of motivation, and how mental health should be a common topic among Māori. It was a fantastic night, celebrating the challenging but successful 2020, where we had over 250 scholarship student enrolments from 25 programmes of study.
A huge congratulations to the award winners:
Te Tohu Amorangi: Reihana Wilkie
Best overall student, outstanding commitment and dedication to their programme, outstanding participation in cultural activities.
Te Tohu Ararau: Montana-Rose Perry
Most improved student, recognised commitment and dedication to their programme.
Te Tohu Apataki: Aroha Allison & Kieran Deuart
Team player, hardworking and dedicated to improving opportunities for all
Te Tohu Manawa Tītī: Ina Pickering & Brad Warren
This award acknowledges students with great endurance and resilience
Te Taonga Takakawe: Jonathan O'Halloran
This award acknowledged the student who persists and strives to complete projects and tasks to a high standard.
We also wish to acknowledge the 2020 Ngāi Kaiārahi Leadership Group, Rochelle Flavell, Mereohia Munday, Ana Tumona, Fatiaki Masia, Iziah Ellen - Aiavao, Armani Fluety, Craig Hancy, Zane Sullivan-Beard, Aroha Allison, Boydie Brown, Heremia Te Wake, Ina Pickering, Dallas Peneaha, Anne Penitito, Michael Nikora, Reihana Wilkie, Lesa Young, Sapphire Paul and Lisa Taia
On Friday the 31st, 2020, the staff and students of Te Ara o Takitimu engaged in an all-day welcoming hui, Kua Takoto Te Manuka. This was the final step in the scholarship application process. Coordinator, Rhys Thurston, described the day as “a time for us to come together to learn and talk about resilience and overcoming the barriers to employment”.Read more