Kura Hītori

Ko Tūwhakatere te tupuna matua o Ngāi Takoto

Te Rangi Āniwaniwa is the name given to the range of hills above Awanui in the tribal territory of Ngāi Takoto and two hapu of Ngāti Kahu, Ngai Tohianga and Patu Koraha. From Te Rangi Āniwaniwa one can see as far north as North Cape, Kāririkura Moana of Ahipara to the west and the Rangaunu Harbour below the kura. It is also the site of the Kaitaia Airport and home to 164 wonderful students. The Far North also encompasses a number of iwi – Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu – each with their own dreams and aspirations for the social, economic, political and spiritual advancement of their people. The Kura employs 25 people in full and part-time positions and engages with local tradespersons for maintenance and construction.

Kaumatua and kuia of Muriwhenua formed the Trust to provide training and employment opportunities for rangatahi and Maori and was situated in Kaitaia offices. Te Aupouri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust are the current leaseholders of the land with Te Tāhūhū Mātauranga.

Formed by working mothers and was originally sited at Kaitaia Pirates Clubrooms.

The Trust established the Aniwaniwa Kokiri Centre with assistance from Māori Affairs. An old Bedford truck from Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Trust was used to secure the lease of at the former James Airport hangar. Kokiri hosted many educational and training courses such as carpentry, upholstery, pottery, ceramics, forestry, fabric design and Te Reo Māori. The courses closed 1993 as funding was no longer feasible. Trustees offered classroom space and $3000 loan for the Kura establishment.

10 students began Kura February 1993 under the tuition of Hohepa Delamere, who later went to Training College.  Koro Meinata Wiki became the second teacher of the Kura who like Hohepa worked for $40 per week to cover petrol.  The Kura was in a small wing of the Kōkiri and was self-funded by parents for two years. Administrator Mike Britton was responsible for Te Rangi Aniwaniwa gaining status as a Kura Kaupapa in 1995.

Our first two classrooms were built on a new site. At the time, the whānau thought the school may grow to accommodate 28 students.

three senior students were taught in the corridor of kura teina when parents decided to retain them at Te Rangi Āniwaniwa for secondary schooling. This unofficial phase of Wharekura was unfunded for 2 years. 1999 the Associate Minister of Education, the Honourable Tau Henare, granted approval for the establishment of the first Wharekura in Tai Tokerau. In 2000, the first two classrooms were opened- refurbished rooms in the former Kokiri. The wharekura classes were extended over time.

27, Te Puna Wai Olympic sized heated swimming pool was opened. During the day it is used by Kura students. Pukemiro and Rangiāwhia Kura Kaupapa whom were users at the time. After hours the puna wai is used by private swim clubs and the general public.

Commenced joint venture negotiation with tertiary institutions to deliver certificate and diploma courses. 2004, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Diploma Mātauranga Māori commenced with 9 wharekura and 9 adult students; of whom 3 wharekura tauira gained Bachelor degrees 2006. Courses have been modified to shorter modules to cater for students who have a full school programme in sports and kapa haka.

Te Rangi Ảniwaniwa file a claim although the Ministry of Education has provided funding to our Kura which appears to follow a common formula, we are not resourced fully to recover lost generations of Te Reo and simple knowledge about Te Āo Māori and Matauranga Māori. The Kura does not seek compensation, but argues for more fair investment in our children’s future. Prisons are funded better than kura – investment needs to start early in education.

August 2 a two court basketball gym is opened with bare frame and concrete floor. 2011, the spring loaded floor is laid and acoustics reduce the noise levels. By 2012 the walls are lined, goalposts installed in readiness for Te Tai Tokerau Regional Kapa Haka Festival and various basketball & sports tournaments.

After a series of hui with representatives of Ngai Takoto, Patu Koraha, Ngai Tohianga and Te Paatu it was agreed that although there are overlapping claims by local hapu and Ngai Takoto – all agreed to support the renewal of the lease with the Ministry of Education and Te Aupouri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust for the meantime. All parties endorsed the work of the Kura for the benefit of tamariki Māori in the rohe of Muriwhenua. Mana Whenua claims are on-going but will not impact on the Kura. The Kura has a responsibility to reflect the histories of the site in waiata, tikanga and the Board has Mana Whenua seats for Ngai Takoto and Ngāti Kahu. Our tamariki keep the whenua warm.

New junior classroom for year 7-8 students is opened at Kura Teina dedicated to the memory of Papa Koro Meinata Wiki, who was the second tumuaki of the Kura from 1993 to 1996. Thereafter he taught in Otara and Broadwood and returned to Te Rangi Aniwaniwa as a science and maths teacher.

Is renovated to deliver hospitality courses.

Hohepa Delamere, Joanne Delamere, Kay Ratana, Otere Mare, Debra Halkyard, Eileen Rankin, Hori Chapman, Jo Chapman, Kathy Popata, Linda Heihei, Hiki Trethewey, Wikitoria Makiha, Millie Matiu, Leanne Popata, Pene Tawhara, Waha Tauhara, Christian Seumanu, Ruruhi Hei Hei, Te Iri Rangi Tawhara, Janelle Popata and Ikanui Kingi-Waiaua. In training Tiana Delamere.

The kura celebrated its 21st anniversary having educated more than 1000 students in Te Reo Māori, young people who are now flourishing in many places throughout the world. Tū Ahiahi after school sports programme 4 days per week commences and is reduced to 3 days a week. The Board wanted to use the great facilities onsite to provide sports, hauora, study and kapa haka training time for all the tauira.

The kura gets an eftpos machine and Te Hiku Media live streamed the regional Kapa Haka competition to over 15,000 people watching from Aotearoa to Hawaii.

Ka hanga nga ruma putaiao me te hangarau, a, ka tuwhera he ruma hauora mo nga kaimahi o te kura ki Te Puna Ora. Succession plan of former Tumuaki of 20+ years Whaea Hilda Halkyard-Harawira hands over title of principalship to former Raukura and Kaiako of Te Rangi Aniwaniwa.

The opening of Te Ao Marama a Science and Technology block for the tamariki of Te Rangi Aniwaniwa. Haimona Brown and Billy Harrison graduates of Te Wananga o Kupe Mai Tawhiti under the tutelage of Master Waka Builder Taa Hekenukumai Puhipi offer their skills and knowledge and become the tutors for Whakairo.

Host the bi-annual sports event for Nga Kura Kaupapa Aho Matua o Aotearoa known as Wiki Hakinakina ki Te Tai Tokerau, 38 Kura, 1400 participants with a focus on Nga Taakaro Maori in unique settings throughout Muriwhenua.