June 29, 2020, 5:56 p.m.
Every building at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro in Kaitaia is named for a tupuna from the area and last week another joined their ranks, 'Kauri'.
In November last year, kaumatua Matiu Kingi turned the sod to mark the beginning fo the project. The extension of the school was recommended by the Ministry of Education as the school had seen growth in their student numbers and classrooms were reaching capacity.
Staff and board members were pleased that despite COVID19 interruptions the building, that will support the learning of senior students was built so quickly.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro welcomed a new principal, Dr Fiona McGrath, in 2019