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 Health and Social services for families to access.
Health and Social Services
Medical Centre where many of our families are enrolled.
Community programmes to support youth at risk;
Families at risk;
There are also number of activities at Papakura Marae that all are welcome to attend such as:
Whiri Aroha - Korowai classes Mondays 10am - 2pm
Te Reo classes - Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm
Zumba - Mondays and Wednesdays - 6pm - 8pm
Christmas in the Pa a celebration which the school participates in every year.
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.