On Friday, the 26th February, 2010, our Fale Pasifika was officially opened in a special ceremony run by our Cook Island, Samoan and Tongan students. Representatives from TeWhānau o Tupuranga also participated in the opening.
Principal, Ann Milne, spoke about the long history associated with the building and emphasised the importance of students taking ownership of the Fale. Originally the Clover Park staffroom, the building has seen all of the changes in the school’s journey and history.
The Fale Pasifika fulfils the same function for Pasifika students and families as the Kia Aroha marae does for Māori whānau. It is a place to meet, to engage, to celebrate, to share food, and a place for our young people to embed and practise Pasifika knowledge and skills.