It was the first marae to ever be built upon a school in New Zealand and has been used for Hui, Tangihanga, and Wananga. School based learning and enrichment initiatives such as Mana Tane, Kia Kaha Day, student entries into the national Nga Manu Korero Competition and Kapa Haka groups have all played a part in helping the community of Green Bay High School to experience Marae customs and protocol.
In 2012 Te Ropu o Kakariki, our school marae, was redeveloped as a Whare Akoranga – house of learning – in a 21st century learning environment.
The new classroom block building, designed by Richard Elliot of Babbage Architects to cater for our increased student numbers, has Key elements including:
• Appropriate provision for hospitality – for our own community and visitors
• Centre for learning Te Reo and Maoritanga – for all students and staff
• Integrated into the Languages Faculty – linked to international languages learning
• Strongly connected to International Students’ programme
• Place of 21st century learning: latest digital technology to support the educational goals of our students, staff and families
• Welcoming: literally ‘open’ to all with extensive use of glass to create an open effect, and an e-learning environment that is open to the whole world
• Respectful of our past.
Our 2012 prospectus said: “As we accelerate into the new century, our school is taking the best of our past and weaving it into a fresh vision for our future” and this was evident in the establishment of our new Whare Akoranga.
The Kakariki Trust’s mission was always to ensure the integrity and sustainability of the marae in relation to the school community. To that end, our marae was redeveloped as a Whare Akoranga – house of learning – in a 21st century learning environment.
Original carvings and other significant artifacts that are in sound condition will be incorporated into the new space. Carvings which are beyond repair were farewelled at our whakanoa (transition and renewal ceremony) on 20 June, 2012. This date marked an auspicious time for our ceremony – celebrating new beginnings, with Matariki starting the very next day.
Kaumatua Pat Heremaia officiated at the whakanoa ceremony to commence the process of transition and renewal of our marae, Kakariki. The whakanoa (removing the tapu from the carvings) was an important process of the marae transition, to allow for people to dismantle the carvings and buildings to proceed. Carvings have been stored away safely, until the time comes to determine where the remaining carvings, tukutuku panels, kowhaiwhai ceiling rafters, carved panels and photos will be placed.
Tamariki from Te Kohanga Reo o Kakariki, based in Glen Eden, attended the whakanoa ceremony. This was very significant as their beginnings “Te Aniwaniwa Te Kohanga Reo’ were founded at Green Bay High School in 1982, being one of the first Te Kohanga Reo to be established in New Zealand.
The Kohunga has had four name changes over the course of its developing life, growing from strength to strength. Its first graduates are now developing a generation of fluent te reo speakers, raising tamariki of their own.
Starting life as Te Aniwaniwa Te Kohanga Reo in 1982, under the care of Oriwa Ormsby and Judy Cooper, the Kohanga changed its name to Te Kohanga Reo O Te Hauru in 1985, while under the care of Toti Peeni, Moe Davis and Maa Pukepuke. In 1989, it was known as Te Kohanga Reo O Kakariki Marae, with the arrival of Hone and Ansie Lee. (sourced http://www.ourwaitakere.co.nz/kakariki/History.aspx).
In 2009, the Kohanga Reo relocated from Green Bay High School (and away from the marae) and renamed Te Kohanga Reo o Kakariki which is now situated in Glen Eden.