Rahui on Kaikohe Intermediate School Lifted
Rahui on School Lifted
Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has lifted the rahui placed on Kaikohe Intermediate School following the school's decision to name one of its buildings after a sacred Ngapuhi site associated with death.
Mr Rankin placed the rahui after the school chose the name "Te Ahi Ka Roa", which was previously used for a site where multiple deaths had occurred, and where the remains of several humans were discovered.
After the school's mistake in naming was revealed, its principal called on Mr Rankin for advice, and following a hui held this week, the school has agreed to find a new name for the building in question.
Another kaumatua, Colin Rameka, also played a central role in the negotiations, as did the Nareta whanau.
"This represents a good outcome, with common-sense prevailing," says Mr Rankin. "I am pleased that the school was finally prepared to get round the table and acknowlegde and apologise for its mistake, which had caused great offence to the Matarahurahu hapu, and had divided the community."