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Continued from page 1. But it was the children who really stole the show with an eclectic range of outfits reflecting the fashions and pop culture of the 20th century. Just some of the characters included George Michael (from his Wham! days), Elton John, Richard Pearse, Darth Vader, Chuck Yeager, Bruce Lee and Steve Irwin. There were also several Michael Jacksons and Marty McFlys for good measure, and even some contemporary celebrities such as Beauden Barrett and Donald Trump made an appearance. Principal Kent Favel, who admitted his costume made him look like a ringmaster, sa id the four-day centenary celebrations had been planned for a very long time. Mayor Justin Lester and Gover nor- General Da me Patsy Reddy visited t he school on Monday to attend the cutting of a large birthday cake to conclude a weekend of commemoration, which included a dinner and church service.
St Mark’s Church School principal Kent Favel and teacher Joanna Wells in 1917 attire flank some of the pupils dressed for the centenary. Back: Angelo Siatiras as a ‘70s disco dancer, Liam Kingston as a ‘20s schoolboy, Daniel Sapaziani as Albert Einstein, Cynthia Liu as a ‘50s rock’n’roll dancer and Ryan Braker as Walt Disney. Front: Meredith Williams as a ‘60s hippy, William Tye as a WWII veteran (replicating his great great grandfather), Winifred Joan-Budding as a 1917 girl, Max von Dadelszen as ‘80s “Wham!” George Michael, and Indiana Willis in the school’s original uniform. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Dame Patsy amused the crowd by recalling a story about a visit by New Zealand First Governor-General Lord
Liverpool who visited the school in 1920. As a goodbye present he granted the chidren a holiday.
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“I’m told that gover nor generals aren’t allowed to give holidays to schools anymore,” she told the audience.
Mayor calls for Wellington to embrace te reo This Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is encouraging Wellingtonians to have a go. “Me Heke Ki Poneke is an invitation to our city,” Lester said. “It means come and stay in Wellington. Put it together with Absolutely Positively Wellington and it oozes confidence. Come and stay in Wellington – we have a positive attitude and we’re positive you’ll like it here.”
Lester was keen for Wellington to be a te reo Maori city. “Te reo Maori is a taonga we need to protect, nurture, and grow,” he said. “The council is working on developing an organisational strategy with Te Taura Whiri i te reo Maori – the Maori Language Commission – to create an action plan that will mean te reo Maori will be seen and heard much more around our capital city.
“We have already been changing our signage to include te reo Maori and place it first when signs need updating, as well as incorporating more te reo in our publications. “The council will explore how it can include more te reo Maori in our city, including opportunities to name places. “Around us we have Te Papa Tongarewa and Te Raukura – Te Wharewaka o Poneke, let’s follow their path.”
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Maori partnerships portfolio lead councillor Jill Day said she had been learning te reo Maori for four years. “As an adult I have found it challenging, especially finding opportunities to practice. So I am right behind finding ways to better embrace and use this official language of Aotearoa. She said a recent Annual Residents’ Survey showed people wanted to see more te reo around the city.
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