Our school marae complex was named, Kia Aroha on the occasion of the blessing of the original carvings in 2000. This complex opened in 1998 and was the realisation of a twelve year dream for some of Tupuranga’s original families. The ablution block was completed in 2000 making the facility a real asset for both students and community.

In 2008 we reopened the marae complex after a five month significant refurbishment programme as part of the major building project. The new carvings, by Blaine Te Rito, were blessed in a dawn ceremony on 5 November, 2008.

 

Kia Aroha is a very important and busy centre of the school. The fully equipped Wharekai is the perfect venue for the provision of meals for large numbers of people and for students to study food technology. The marae is regularly used by students for live-ins and learning.  We also host many visiting groups. All are very impressed with the facilities we offer in this setting.

Kia Aroha can be hired on a limited basis to those who have a close connection to the school or for groups connected to education. It is not available for general hire to the public. School events and school marae use always have precedence over any other use.  For enquiries regarding bookings on this basis please contact Haley Milne (School phone: 09 2745807 ext 710)