Al Herreman and Julia Banks with the signage they donated

Greendale unveils new sign

by Mike Isle

In a timely celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), Greendale School has unveiled its new school signage.

Last year the school was gifted its Maori name, Kanuka Ruruhau, by local iwi Te Taumutu Runanga.

At the unveiling ceremony, attended by staff, students, parents and invited guests, year six students took centre stage and explained that Kanuka is seen as symbolic of the students, with the older children acting as the nursery for the younger children, providing an environment for the younger ones to thrive.

“This could also be said of the kaiako and older members of the kura (school) providing safe, nurturing circumstances for all your students to thrive. The multipurpose use of the Kanuka also acts as a symbolic reference to the wide range of attributes students can bring to the school but also, by providing a nurturing environment, they will leave with many more,” they said.

The macrocarpa signage was sponsored by Mr Mechanical in Hornby.

After the students’ rendition of the national anthem and waiata Rere Rere Ripo, Al Herreman and Julia Banks of Mr Mechanical proudly unveiled the sign in the presence of the school board and community.