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Rutherford hosts the Polynesian Panthers

Talofa lava, Malo E lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu and Kia Ora, In light of the Black Lives Matter movement that has sparked international response, it's a good time to look and understand the oppression suffered by many in our own country. On Tuesday, 23 June, Rutherford College was extremely privileged to be joined by Dr Melani Anae, Tigilau Ness and Rev. Alec Tolefoa, founding members of The Polynesian Panthers. The Polynesian Panthers arose in response to the marginialisation and discrimination suffered by the Pacific immigrant community in 1970’s, in particular the Dawn Raids. The opportunity presented itself as a unique…

Samoan Language Week ‘Tapena Sou ōso Mo Lau Malaga’ – ‘Prepare Yourself A Gift For Your Travels’

Samoan Language Week ‘Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga’ – ‘Prepare yourself a gift for your travels’

Manuia le vaiaso o gagana Samoa” 'Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga' which in English means 'Prepare yourself a gift for your travels'. Talofa Lava everyone and happy samoan language week. Today marks the end of Samoan language week at Rutherford College, and as a minority culture within the school, we were able to embrace our culture through traditional island clothing. The importance behind Samoan language week helps Pacifica Students express their identity and incorporate the language in many ways possible. The theme for this year's Samoan language week is “Tapena sou oso mo lau malaga”, which means “Prepare yourself…

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Rutherford Fia Fia Evening 1
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Fia Fia Night 2020

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 saw the return of the annual Fia Fia Night at Rutherford College. Celebrating the diversity of Rutherford through the cultural dances and performances of the Samoan, Indian, African, and Kapa Haka groups - 2020’s Fia Fia Night was both powerful and mesmerizing. The turnout of supporters this year at the Fia Fia Night was outstanding. All those who came to support the groups did so in a way that truly gave the night a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The overwhelming support from friends, family and the school, made the night one to remember as it allowed…

Te Kapa Haka O Te Kōtuku

Te Kapa Haka o te Kōtuku

I te mutunga wiki, i parakatihi au mō te whakataetae a Polyfest i te Marae o Te Kōtuku, mai i te whitu karaka i te pō o Rāmere, tae noa ki te tekau mā tahi karaka i te ata o te Rātapu. - Nā Madison Price As Madison has said above, preparations for Polyfest 2020 are in full swing.  It’s a big year for Te Kapa Haka o Te Kōtuku who are celebrating 50 years since what was then called the Māori Culture Group was first established in 1970. The rōpū (group) held a wānanga (learning forum) at Te Marae…

9MAO Haerenga Ki Unitec

9MAO Haerenga Ki Unitec

My day started off with bottled up excitement, before even arriving at our destination I was pumped to explore something new and get the opportunity to experience something that most people don’t get to. I knew that I was doing a karanga for our opening Powhiri procedure. I was a bit nervous because I was doing it in front of a lot of people - including people from MAGS and the Unitech staff. I was representing Te kotuku and my vocals are a bit rusty, but I kept telling myself to be confident and think positively! After the whole Powhiri…

Attending A Fun Japanese Event.

Attending A Fun Japanese Event.

On Saturday, 23 November, a group of year 9 and 10 Rutherford Students from the Japanese classes attended a language day at Auckland University, run by the North Asia CAPE secondary schools conference. They got to taste Japanese tea and Matcha chocolate, learn how to write calligraphy, watch a Taiko drumming performance and listen to the history of kanji in Japan, as well as learn about manga. The day was educational, but mostly it was a lot of fun.

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Inaugural Pasifika Law Conference 2019 (AUT – South Campus)

Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fa’akalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, Kia Ora and  warm Pasifika Greetings, On Thursday, 21 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the first-ever “Its Island Time” Pasifika Inaugural Law Conference hosted at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus in collaboration with the Pacific Lawyers Association (PLA). The conference brings together Pacific Law colleagues, aspiring students and those in working in legal advisory roles to connect, learn, and hopefully be inspired by experienced practitioners, many of whom are Pacific and well respected in their profession and to help us students make…

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Cultural Dinner

On Tuesday, 22 October, we held our annual Cultural Awards that took place in our school hall, with this years theme being ‘Winter Wonderland’. Each year we celebrate the achievements of the diverse cultural groups we have within the school, recognising what great accomplishments the students have received throughout the year. The night started with a beautiful performance from our own Te Kotuku Kapa Haka followed by the presentation of the ‘Highly Commended ‘ awards followed by a magnificent dance performance by senior students. The night included an amazing large buffet (thanks to Deejays for catering for us). Many awards…

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