celebrates a te reo milestone
The kura kaupapa movement was born out of a fear that te reo Māori would become extinct, a fear which drove whānau in Dannevirke to form their own kura with no resources and only a few students.
Thirty years later, the community have gathered to take stock and to celebrate their little kura, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tamaki-Nui-a-Rua.
More than 400 manuhiri, including former students and staff, were welcomed onto Makirikiri marae on the outskirts of Dannevirke, to celebrate the kura and the strides te reo has made in the town.
It was started by a few impassioned whānau who, in 1992, pulled their kids out of mainstream school to jump aboard what was then the fledgling kura movement.
Today, the kura has its own campus across from Makirikiri, with 90 students.
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