Edmund Hillary School has enjoyed a special relationship with Papakura Marae and whanau over many years.
The distance between the Marae and School is a short five minute stroll along Hunua Road. It is important for students, staff and whanau to have this close connection particularly given we are located in the area of Tainui.
It is especially important for our children and families to have access to the local marae when so many are a long distance from their turangawaewae.
Papakura Marae offers a number of services for families to access, these include;
Health and Social Services
A Medical Centre where many of our families are enrolled.
Community programmes to support youth and Families at risk
Food & Clothing bank
Health & Wellness support
Community Kai every Thursday
Other activities include opportunities for schools to visit to learn about marae tikanga through experiencing powhiri,waiata, karakia and mihi.
Learning the poi
Here are some of our children in Te Ngira, the wharenui, at Papakura Marae having a great time joining the range of activities.