at Merivale School
For the Matenga siblings, Merivale School's two brand new immersion classrooms will "make a really big difference".
They are just three of 38 Ngā Hau e Whā pupils - the school's full Māori immersion unit - who have started learning inside the new buildings in line with the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
An official opening was held early yesterday morning to bless the whare wānanga, with mana whenua, staff, pupils and the school's former principal Jan Tinetti, the current Associate Minister of Education, all in attendance.
Kaia Matenga, 10, said the new classrooms were "a big upgrade" and she was "really happy" to be inside them along with her siblings.