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Waiariki MP Celebrates Win for Kura

Waiariki MP Celebrates Win for Kura
Te Ururoa Flavell, Member of Parliament for Waiariki
4 August 2006

Te Ururoa Flavell, MP for Waiariki and education spokesperson for the Maori Party, was today ecstatic at the news that Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rotoiti has been told by Land Transport New Zealand that it is now able to display a sign saying 'kura' on its school bus, provided it is accompanied by an internationally recognised symbol.

We have a whakatauki which says, 'Iti te kopara, kai takirikiri ana i runga i te kahikatea'; which we can interpret as meaning although the bellbird is small, it plucks at the kahikatea.

"In other words, the achievements of this one kura, although it may appear small, are of huge significance to other kura and indeed to Aotearoa as a nation, as we work towards promoting te reo Maori as the official language of this land".

"My hearty congratulations go to Hawea Vercoe, the board and the kura community, who have worked so hard, for recognition of the sign 'kura' as valid" said Te Ururoa Flavell.

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