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E Panui 9 June 2017





KAUPAPA:        To discuss the lands and buildings of Hato Petera College

WHERE:             Hato Petera College Library

                            103 College Road, Northcote, Auckland

WHEN:              Sunday 11 June 2017 at 1:00pm



More information please contact Rudy Taylor on 021 08127223 or by email at

Strep Throat

Lately we have had students come down with the cold/flu due to the change in the weather, because this has occured our school nurse has been busy transporting or taking students to the clinic.  Our nurse has also inform us that there is a few people with Strep Throat.

Whanau it is very important that if for any reason your child/ren are complaining of a sore throat please take them to the doctors as soon as possible.

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PB4L Programme

Acknowledging students who are AMPT

Hato Petera College launched the PB4L programme to our whanau at the Powhiri for new students at the beginning of the year. Part of the PB4L programme is to promote a core set of defining values which shapes our practice and behaviour. Under the guidance of Pa Ryan and the document Te Waka o Petera, our core defining values were established as being Aroha (love), Mana (Honour), Pono (Integrity) and Tika (Justice). These four values have the handy acronym AMPT and staff and students are now AMPT for learning at Hato Petera College.

Students who practice AMPT behaviour in the kura are acknowledged in special ways. Firstly, students are given AMPT stickers to place in their diaries as an immediate recognition for practicing Aroha, Mana, Pono or Tika. Secondly, if students acquire 10 stickers, or if they show outstanding behaviour or achievement, they are awarded an AMPT certificates. AMPT certificates are presented at special AMPT assemblies held three times each term. Third, students can work towards long term acknowledgements by accumulating certificates over their years spent at the College. After the first 25 certificates are gained, students achieve the status of being AROHA, after the next 25 they become MANA, then PONO, and finally TIKA when they receive 100 certificates.

Our first AMPT assembly was held on Friday the 22nd of February. It was a joyful and exciting occasion with a significant number of students being acknowledged for gaining an AMPT certificates. Our second assembly will be held on Friday the 22nd of March and our final assembly for Term 1 will be on Friday 12th April. Whanau is welcome to attend these AMPT celebrations.

Ms Martene Mentis


Every school has its own swimming event as an annual event. These cater for the serious swimmers as well as novelty and fun events to encourage participation by all students. These events are great to foster school spirit and a chance for the school community to come together as one.

On Friday 22nd March 2013, Hato Petera College held its annual Inter House Swimming Gala. Over 40 students competed and there were some excellent and spirited performances in the Northcote College Pool. Leading after the very first race, Pateriki House dominated proceedings with their swimmers winning the majority of the individual races. Maherino and Matene Houses weren’t too far behind and with the gap not proving too far to overcome in the Relay and Medley events. The swimming competition was amazingly fun and lively and everyone was hilarious and enthusiastically cheering at the top of their lungs. Wow! What a fantastic spirit everybody had. The swimmers gave a good display of themselves.

For the record we have had a couple of records broken by the O’Sullivan sisters Nina and Te Meringa, in their respective age groups. Nina, the youngest sister, swimming in the junior section, broke 3 records i.e. the 1 length freestyle, 20.81 seconds, the 1 length backstroke, 25.59 seconds and the 1 length breaststroke, 28.22 seconds. The last record was a record that stood since 1997. Te Meringa, swimming in the intermediate section broke 2 records i.e. the 1 length freestyle, 20.91 seconds (a record that stood since 1995) and the 1 length backstroke, 25.34 seconds (a record that also stood since 1995). Congratulations to their fantastic swimming prowess.

On the day, the Novelty Events turned out to be a winner. Everybody that competed in the various events had a ball of a time. These events are here to stay and are now a part of our annual swimming programme.

Our swimming champions for 2013 are:

Junior boy and girl:

Taiaha Maxwell (Matene) = 26 points and Chanel Toetoe (Maherino) = 26 points

Intermediate boy and girl:

Oscar Ramirez (Maherino) = 46 points and Jayleen Thomas (Maherino) = 27 points

Senior boy and girl:

Wyatt Ngawati (Matene) = 30 points and Cassidy Thompson (Pateriki) = 26 points

Overall house positions:

  • First Place:     Pateriki – 418 Points
  • Second Place:  Matene –  291 Points
  • Third Place:    Maherino –217 Points

I would like to thank all those student officials, Mikaere Hei Hei, Mauriora Bristow and Barney Peters who did duty so diligently and the teachers i.e. Mrs Susan Biggs, Mrs Elizabeth McElrea and Matua Te Hira Paenga who assisted in making the day a huge success.  Big thanks must go out to our house captain, Hone Matthews who not only competed but also played a huge role in getting all the swimmers of his house to enjoy them.

Tangi for Ralph Hotere

Hato Petera College will be attending the tangi for Ralph Hotere this Monday at Matihetihe Marae, Mitimiti.

In attendance will be the Kaihautu, Kaumatua, Kuia accompanied by the colleges Kaihono.
The planned departure time will be 6:00am and the return trip will be made that day.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Nga mihi
Personal Assistant to the Principal
Hato Petera College
103 College Road
Phone 09 4800-443 DDI or 09 480-7784 Extension 142
Fax 09 480 1678

Arts Foundation Tribute

Inscribed on the large mural, The Flight of the Godwit (now called Godwit/Kuaka), originally commissioned for the Auckland International Airport Terminal Building in 1977, and now on display in the Auckland Art Gallery as part of the Chartwell Collection, are the words:

He kuaka
He kuaka marangaranga
Kotahi manu i tau ki te tahuna
Tau atu
Tau atu
Kua tau mai

These words, which derive from a traditional Northern chant refer to a godwit alighting on a sandbank. They carry the metaphor of the godwit as a departing spirit. Ralph deployed these words in other works to very moving effect. Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Arts Foundation Governor, says these words are invoked again at this point to mark Ralph's passing as we reflect on the greatness of the man and his magnificent artistic legacy. One of 11 children, Hone Papita Raukura (Ralph) Hotere was born in Mitimiti, Northland, in
1931. He was educated at Hato Petera College and Auckland Teachers' College, before moving to Dunedin in 1952 to specialise in art. He became an itinerant art and crafts advisor in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) under the direction of the legendary Gordon Tovey, National Superintendant of Art and Crafts in the Department of Education. In Northland he fell in with other Maori art educators, Katerina Mataira, Muru Walters, Arnold Wilson and
Selwyn Wilson and together they mounted, in 1958, in the University of Auckland’s Adult Education centre the first ever exhibition of work by contemporary Maori artists. Awarded a New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship to study in London at the Central School of Art in 1961, Ralph was to become New Zealand’s most honoured artist. Honorary doctorates
from the University of Otago and the University of Auckland were conferred on him in 1994 and 2005. In 2006 he received Te Waka Toi’s Te Taumata Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to Māori arts and he was awarded New Zealand's highest honour - membership of the Order of New Zealand - in the New Year Honours 2012.

The Arts Foundation was privileged to have Ralph Hotere attend its inaugural Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to Māori arts and he was awarded New Zealand's highest honour - membership of the Order of New Zealand - in the New Year Honours 2012.

The Arts Foundation was privileged to have Ralph Hotere attend its inaugural Laureate Awards held in Auckland in 2000 where he helped with the Award presentations. Elizabeth Knox said "one of the nicest things about getting my Arts Foundation Laureate Award was being handed the prize by Ralph Hotere (I kind of worship his work)".

In 2003 the Arts Foundation established the Icon Awards to acknowledge artists for their extraordinary achievements. The main purpose of this Award, the Arts Foundation's highest honour, is to acknowledge artists in their lifetimes. This enables New Zealand to celebrate the artist's achievements with them and show the country's deep appreciation for the impact they have made on our lives. The Arts Foundation was very proud to have Ralph's acceptance of the Icon Award amongst the original ten recipients and was honoured to be able to acknowledge the work of one of New Zealand's most significant artists. Sam Neill, a long time friend, accepted the Icon Award on Ralph’s behalf.. Sam tells a great story about meeting with Ralph to ask him what he would like said, on his behalf, at the Icon Award ceremony. A long way into their meeting Ralph simply handed Sam a list to read. The list consisted of artists that Ralph felt deserved recognition. Sam describes this as a humble act with just a little trademark cheeky intervention.

Ralph Hotere's work is represented in every major public and private collection in New Zealand and in art museums throughout the world.

He kuaka
He kuaka marangaranga
Our condolences to Ralph's family, colleagues, friends and to all who loved
and were moved by his work.

Farewell to a giant and most distinguished past pupil of HPC

Hato Petera College has lost its most distinguished past pupil (tauira tawhito) with the passing in Dunedin on 24 February 2013 of Hone Papita Raukura ("Ralph") Hotere, ONZ, acknowledged as one of New Zealand's most gifted and influential graphic artists (see link): 

A former teacher at Hato Petera was Mill Hill priest, Pa Michael Ryan, who recalls:

"Ralph (Rau) was at Hato Petera Kura from 1946 to 1949.Ï taught his young brother Winiata, in his last year. Fr Aarts took me to an exhibition of Rau's work - I think it was at the University 1960 - which was put on before he left to take up his scholarship in Spain. Among the paintings on show there were four or five large drawings of Christ's face which we admired very much - especially as we didn't know what to make of his impressionistic 
paintings - but Rau came and talked to Fr Aarts for a while and said they 
(the drawings of Christ) were not meant to be in the exhibition."

 More about Ralph here:


Photograph by Marti Friedlander


Principals welcome speech 2013

Tihe-e Mauri ora!

Wherahia te kauhanga nui, te kauhanga roa a Mārama. Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra; kia whakahiwaia te ngakau o tenei pa, hei pikinga mai mo taku manu, hei kakenga mai mo taku manu: Kimihia, rangahautia ngā pari ra, ngā piringa hakoakoa; E tō ai te ra ki tua, e Ao mai ai te ra ki mua i au nei e; Nau mai, haere mai!

Ahakoa te Huia kua ngaro i te Ao Māori, ko ngā kupu ako i mahue iho, whaka-rongo, whaka-rongo ki te Huia e tangi mai nei, hu-i, hu-i, huiahuia; hui mai nei tātou ki te Marae o Hato Petera kia tutaki ai te kaupapa ora me te kaupapa mate, te hunga kua riro ia Puhihirere, Purereahu, ahu runga, ahu raro, auahi-roa, auahi-ngaro, haere ngā mate. Oku tikitiki whakamanamana, o iwi nui, o iwi mano, o iwi whakatangitangi oriori nei, e ha, kei te tangi ou iwi i mahue nei.' Haere ki te okiokinga i tua o te ārai. Ma nga Tai o Huarau tātou e whakatūtataki aianei, ā, ake tonu atu. Tēnei nga iwi te rū nei, te paro nei, te whakaarorangi nei, mo koutou rā kua ngaro. Haere atu ngā mate, haere, haere atu ra

Ka hoki anō ki a tātou te kanohi ora, e ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e wha tēnei koutou kua whakataerangitia i roto i te tauhou nei. Tēna koutou e ngā waewae tapu, tēna koutou te iti me te rahi kua whakawhiwhia nei ki ēnei mahinga ki ēnei turanga kei tēnei tauranga. Tēnei te whakatau mai i a koutou. Ko ta te taumata nei ki a koutou kua whakaeke mai, no koutou tēnei kainga. Nau mai, piki mai, haere mai na. Puare katoa ana ngā tatau o to tātou wananga ki a koutou.

E hoa ma, e aku whaea, e aku rau rangatira ma tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Tēnei rā te tau hou kua eke mai me ōna mōhukihuki, ōna awhero, ōna whakarehu, ōna hēmanawatanga, ōna kino, ōna pai noki. Nā reira, ka mihi atu i roto i ēnei āhuatanga ko wai hoki e mātau ana he aha kei mua i ō tātou aroaro i roto i ngā rā e tū mai nei. Ko te wawata o te ngākau kia tino nui ko te pai, kia eke panuku, eke tangaroa a tātou wawata.

Ka hoki anō ki to tātou kaupapa, hei whakatau i ngā kaihoe hou, kia mānu tika ai to tātou waka tangata mo te tau 2013.  No reira e hoa ma, tēna koutou, tēna koutou. tēna tātou katoa.

To our new students

We all know what it’s like to be a student on the first day of school. We’ve been there, we lived it: new bag, new stationery, and the perfect uniform. Those of us who have spent time in the classroom know what it’s like for a new teacher on the first day of school: new folders, the best new whiteboard markers that school supplies can provide, and a new outfit complete with comfortable shoes.


When I said we were doing a pohiri for our new school students, friends were interested. What will you say to college students? So I asked them, what do you wish someone had told you in College? Their answers were actually quite similar. So I'm going to tell you what we all wish someone had told us. I'll start by telling you something you don't have to know:  Here at college, you do not have to know what you want to do with your life. People are always asking this, so you think you're supposed to have an answer. But adults ask this as a conversation starter. They really want to know what sort of person you are, and this question is to get you talking. They ask it the way you might poke a crab in a tidal pool, to see what it does.

If I were back in college (I was fortunate to come here by the way) and someone asked about my plans, I'd say that my first priority was to learn what the options were (and if you’re a junior at Hato Petera we’ve made it even easier for you, there are no options, you have to do everything!) That way, you won’t have to be in a rush to choose your life's work. What you will need to do, is discover what you like. You have to work on stuff you like if you want to be good at what you do.

It might seem pretty easy deciding what you like, but it turns out to be quite hard, partly because it's hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs. And there are other jobs you can't learn about, because no one has even thought of them yet. A lot of the work I've done in this last decade didn't exist when I was in college. The world changes fast and the rate at which it changes, is itself speeding up. It's not a good idea to have fixed plans in this environment. I think the solution is to work another way. Instead of working back from a goal, work forward from promising situations. This is what most successful people actually do anyway.

Simple advice, whatever you do, don't give up, you are more than capable of doing what other people can, never underestimate your potential. People who've done great things seem as if they are a race apart. In fact I suspect if you had the fourteen year old Ralph Hotere (who is an old boy and NZs most famous Maori painter), Dr Ranginui Walker (another old boy and distinguished academic) or Dr Pita Sharples (0ld boy -oops of Te Aute College), if they were all here at Hato Petera with you, they'd be impressive, but not unlike your other friends sitting next to you right now. This is an uncomfortable thought. If they were just like us, then they had to work very hard to do what they have achieved. How did these guys achieve greatness? Was it because of some magic Hotereness, Walkerness or Sharplesness, maybe? Or was it because they truly believe in what they are doing. They don’t give up and have the support of people.


You may be thinking we have to do more than get good grades. We have to have extracurricular activities to contend with. Attending Church or collecting donations for a charity is a commendable and great thing to do, but it's not hard. Hard, are things that stretch us, our abilities, our minds, our relationships to improve ourselves and get things done. We need to get things done and some of those tasks will be hard to achieve. What I mean by getting things done is learning how to write well, or how to perform a Kapa Haka bracket, or how to draw the human figure from life.


And what's your real job supposed to be? Unless you're Mozart (who was a child genius), your first task is to figure that out. What are the great things to work on? Where are the imaginative/authentic people? And most importantly, what are you interested in? I like this word "aptitude" and the most powerful sort of aptitude is a consuming interest or passion in some question or task.

So what do you do now, at fourteen?

Beware of bad models. Especially when they excuse laziness. And when I was at HPC, I should have been less worried about doing something cool and just done the things I liked. That's the actual road to coolness anyway. The important thing is to get out there and do stuff. Instead of waiting to be taught, go out and learn. You don't have to wait to start just get to work. And that students is our school motto, kia inoi kia mahi, work and pray, there is no substitute for Gods inspiration or hard work.

Welcome to our school. You are Hato Petera. You are the 85th group of new beginning students to our school.



Supreme Award Māori of the Year 2012 for Northland GP

Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 4:33 pm
Press Release: TVNZ

Media Release/Pānui Pāpāho Waitangi Day 06 February 2013

Kaitāia GP Lance O’Sullivan is awarded the supreme title Māori of the Year 2012. It’s the second TVNZ Marae Investigates Māori of the Year Awards-Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka celebrating Māori of the Year.

Dr O’Sullivan, who has spoken out numerous times in recent years to highlight the link between poverty and child health, is the second recipient of the award. Piri Weepu was the inaugural winner of the coveted title in 2011.

Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka was broadcast on our national day in a one-hour live special celebrating Maori excellence and achievement on TV One today. A total of 27 finalists across nine diverse categories had been whittled down from 60 nominations for the awards, says Roihana Nuri, Producer. “This programme is about celebrating people, groups and organisations who have enhanced mana Māori in 2012 and the calibre of overall nominations was stunning.”

Master traditional waka navigator Hekenukumai Busby was recognised with a lifetime achievement award Te Tohu Hiranga for his dedication to matauranga Maori. Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington won the Sports award. Dr O’Sullivan also picked up the Health award to go with the supreme title of Maori of the Year 2012.

“We would like to congratulate the winners and all the finalists from across the nine diverse awards categories because it’s important for outstanding success to be recognised.”

Category Winners:


Dr Cathy Dewes

Rawiri Paratene

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Lisa Carrington

Dr Cindy Kiro

Kerikeri High School

Kapenga M Trust

Te Awanui Huka Pak LTD

© Scoop Media

Electrical Apprenticeships and Training enrolment for 2013 at etco

College chaplain in local newspaper

Our college chaplain, Pa Tony Brown, who is also Episcopal Vicar for Maori in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, has featured in our local newspaper, North Shore Times Advertiser, commenting on use of the internet to create what has been termed “a virtual marae”

Link here to read what Pa said.

Past pupil doctor’s service to Kaitaia

Hato Petera College is proud of the health and humanitarian service being rendered to the people of Kaitaia and rohe by Dr Lance O’Sullivan, one of our tauira tawhito (past pupils).  Dr O’Sullivan’s service demonstrates the need for our new health sciences academy, Te Umanga Oranga, which has just completed its inaugural year and will develop further in 2013 and thereafter.

Read more here

NCEA Examination Timetable 2012

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Enrolling for 2013

Call now on 09 480 7784 for more information, or email