Staff Professional Learning
On our recent PNBHS Teacher Only Day our teaching staff visited Te Marae o Hine – The Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace, or as it is more commonly known to those outside of Rangitāne, the Square.
Thank you to Wiremu Te Awe Awe, Nuwyne Te Awe Awe and Warren Warbrick, who shared some of the history of Te Marae o Hine with us and spoke about the important role of their ancestors and this land in the promotion of peaceful relationships. It was also a great opportunity for our staff to begin to learn a little about the history of Rangitāne
The gift of this land and named by Māori in 1878 was a symbol of the desire to bring Māori and Pākehā together peacefully, as well as recognition of the need to secure a space for Māori customs, as the number of European settlers rapidly grew.
A statue of Rangitāne rangatira (chieftain) Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, who was instrumental in both the peaceful relations between Māori and Pākehā in the Manawatū and the European settlement and development of the area, stands prominently in Te Marae o Hine. His ōhākī, or parting words, are inscribed on the pedestal:
"Kua kaupapa i au te aroha mā koutou e whakaoti" - I have laid the foundation of friendship for you to bring to completion.