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University of Auckland ‘Future Me’ Day for Year 10 Māori and Pasifika Students

Kia orana and kia ora. On Wednesday 23rd November, a group of Pasifika and Māori Year 10 students got the opportunity to take part in the ‘Future Me' programme at the University of Auckland (UofA). The ‘Future Me’ programme is an event to inspire and encourage young Pasifika and Māori students to go to university after secondary school. We had the opportunity to hear about the UofA Pasifika and Māori students' journeys at university and attended four different workshops about subjects we may want to study at university in the future. This programme consisted of a variety of workshops to…

Visit to German Restaurant

In order to celebrate the end of the school year, the Senior German Class went out to the German restaurant Mittendrin last Friday night. Together with German language students from Glendowie College and Lynfield College and their teachers our students had a fun night, trying out the German cuisine and putting their German skills to the test by ordering food in German.    

Dawn Raids Play written by Oscar Kightley (Ex Rutherford Student)

On Thursday 25th August, a group of young Pasifika Rutherfordians were taken out to the ASB Waterfront Theatre to watch Oscar Kightley’s ‘Dawn Raids’. The ‘Dawn Raids’ is a retelling of what happened to Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand during the 1970s. Many Pacific Islanders came to New Zealand with the aspiration to work and dreams of a better life for themselves and their children. Due to New Zealand's high demand for labour during the 1960s, the Labour government encouraged the migration alongside the employers for as long as the excess labour demand continued. However during the 1970s, New…

Art Student Wins Award at The Trusts 35th Arts Exhibition

Five students participated in the exhibition; Harrison Reeve (13 Photography), Samantha Vye (13 Photography), Ghazal Aghazi (12Photography), Jemima Tichborne (12 Design – portrait painting) and Tyra Ibbott (12 Design – portrait painting).Ghazal Aghazi sold one of her portrait photographs and Tyra Ibbott won 2nd prize in the Youth Painting category with her work ‘Kindness in the face of Adversity’ and walked away with $200! The judge said her painting was “Beautifully handled paintwork and very relevant subject, tenderly handled. The newspaper text thoughtfully frames the figure and the expression of the medical professional is well captured despite the mask”.We are…

Off the Wall

Our studio show 'Off the Wall' performances will be held on the 6th and 7th of September at 7.30pm in the School Hall. Dance students from years 9-13 will combine to produce an exciting variety show including some of their work in 2022. Performing in the Studio Show is part of the Dance department assessment and report grading and also provides an excellent opportunity students to experience live performance.

Tula’i Pasifika Youth Leadership Programme

O le ala i le pule i le tautua Leadership is through service Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula and warm Pacific greetings. Tula´i Pasifika Youth Leadership Programme is a 3 month leadership programme with modules tailored to which were team building and unity and TULA’I VALUES, Identity and Culture, Leadership, Health and wellbeing, Community Project, Resilience, Contribution to community, Financial literacy, Teamwork.Our Programme is held at the NewLynn Community Centre every Wednesdays at 4:30 till 6:30. On Friday 6th May, five Pasifika students, Lua Suena, Leuatea Ioane, June Matau,…

Music is the strongest form of Magic!

Congratulations to Year 13 student Rachel Kim of 13WD who competed in the Stand up Stand out Vocal Heats on the 4th of August at OMAC. She performed an aria from The Barber of Seville, “Una voce poco fa” by Gioacchino Rossini and out of 180 entries she has received news that she has progressed through to the Semi Finals to be held at the Auckland Town Hall on the 3rd of September. She is hoping to get into Music School next year to study Classical Voice. She is such a hard working vocalist and is very deserving of this.…

Art Show – a Great Success!

Rutherford College hosted its first Art Show since 2012 on 1st July this year. It was a huge success. There was a fantastic turn-out and a great atmosphere with, at one point, approximately 300 people at the exhibition. The standard of work was high as we have some very talented students. The Art Show was a fantastic opportunity for the students – starting their artistic careers by participating in an art show and selling their first works. This is something that can be put on a CV for applying for tertiary schools and jobs. Students also had the opportunity to…

Year 13 Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow (PILOT)

Year 13 Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow (PILOT) On Wednesday 6th July, 3 Pasifika Year 13 students Joshua Siaki, Krishna Tolova’a and myself Teuila Leota along with Mr Fa’avesi Talamaivao travelled out to the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT - South Campus) for the annual Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) event. The day started off with formal greetings and an inspirational speech from the first ever pasifika Auckland mayoral candidate, Fa’anana Efeso Collins. Efeso spoke about the importance of being proud of our ancestry and navigating the world as a Pasifika person. After Efeso’s incredibly inspirational speech, students were…

Inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit

Inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit. On Monday 25th of July, Camryn and I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus in Manukau. The Summit proved an opportunity for Pacific school head leaders to network with other Pacific head students from schools around Auckland. We were gifted with inspiring words from community mentors and renowned leaders. Former professional heavyweight and Boxing Hall of Fame, Faumuina Toialetai Mafaufau David Tua ONZM, alongside his wife, Helen Tua, shared their experiences through adversity, leadership in practice and examples of when…

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