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Taranaki Primary School Cross Country

On Wednesday September 20, 2023,
Te Paepae o Aotea had Year 7 & 8 students compete in the Taranaki Primary School Cross Country Event. All our students competed extremely well. Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates Tayla Sturgeon on 1st Place in the 11 year old Girls race.

Otago Maths Problem Challenge

Te Paepae o Aotea Year 7 & 8 students participated in a national mathematics problem-solving challenge for Intermediate level children.
Passed with Excellence:

David Meyer, Regan McGee, Micah Fitz Patrick, Bridge Bone and Seth Schumacher.
Passed with Merit:

Lochie Kalin, Zion Lawrence, Mason Lord, Jack Cocker, Aorangi Rauputu, Emily Shelton, Kaleb Smith, Addison Shelton, Simone Cameron and Sarah Brotherson.

Lions Junior Speechmaker Competition

Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates our three representatives at Sunday’s Lions Junior Speech Maker Year 7/8 Competition, Aorangi Rauputu, Cohen Jones and Tamamihiata Ratima.

All speakers did Te Paepae o Aotea proud after presenting a three minute prepared speech followed by a one minute impromptu on the topic: ‘Should Fireworks be banned?’

Out of 34 participants we are proud to announce that Tamamihiata Ratima was awarded 2nd place with his topic “The Republic of Taranaki”. 

Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards

Te Paepae o Aotea had three students place t the 2023 Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards.

Shaneya Patel


SECOND PLACE – Grass stains and Giggles


COMMENDED – Tāwhirimātea

Bethany Gyde


THIRD PLACE – Saturday Morning

Lauren Kalin


THIRD PLACE – Ready to go

Regional YES Awards

Jacob McCrea was successful at the Regional YES Awards for 2023 receiving the following placings: 

-Overall Regional Runner Up for the Plank

-Regional Marketing

-Regional Retail Award

-National Runner up winner for Sales and Marketing

An incredibly successful night for Jacob and The Plank.

New Zealand Academy of Modern Dance National Scholarship finals

In October 2023,  three students from
Te Paepae o Aotea attended New Zealand Academy of Modern Dance National Scholarship finals. Liesa Hofstadler and Ella Ritchie were nominated for Jazz and Julia Scott for both jazz and ballet. To receive a nomination to these finals students must get 98% and above on your dance exams and be chosen by the examiner. For Liesa and Ella this was their first year where they were able to attend  and the second year for Julia.

Build a house and they will learn

It’s not every day that you can say you’ve built a house, but for 11 Te Paepae o Aotea ākonga the proof is sitting in the back field of their school grounds.

For the third year in a row, Te Paepae o Aotea ākonga have had the opportunity to take part in the Trades Academy Hanga Whare (Build a Bach) project that sees them build a three-bedroom house for sale over the course of the school year.

“The Build a Bach project in South Taranaki is a wonderful example of community education at work with secondary and tertiary working side-by-side in the learners’ community,” says WITT Te Pūkenga Director, Teaching Partnership
 Ben Naughton.

King Edward receives Green Flag Award

Te Paepae o Aotea is proud to announce that King Edward Park has achieved a great report and been awarded a Green Flag award for another year. With the help of Te Paepae o Aotea students working hard in the park has contributed to this achievement!

Green Flag Award is  a global honour for Parks

The Green Flag Award is a prestigious recognition for parks and green spaces that meet high standards of quality and sustainability.

Emma Hobman receives AFS Educational Trust Scholarship

Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates Emma Hobman who has been selected as a recipient of an AFS

New Zealand Educational Trust Scholarship.The Community Engagement /Te Whakawhanaunga Hapori Scholarships recognise students who have demonstrated significant community service, leadership, and/or entrepreneurship in any field.

Emma has been given the opportunity to go to Japan in March 2024 as an exchange student. Doing an exchange to Japan has been something that Emma has wanted to do since being a Year 8.

We are confident that Emma will be an excellent ambassador for our school and community as well as for AFS New Zealand whilst she studies in her host country of Japan in 2024.

Ruaputa'anga Celebration

Since July 2023 our Year 9 and 10 NCEA Art students have been working with Ngati Ruanui to complete our mural or Ruaput’anga. Koro Turangapito and Matua Hemi shared kerero with the students as a spring board to their mural planning. These stories were woven together and involved planning and consulting with the iwi until a finalised plan emerged. Members from our local community and students of Te Paepae o Aotea gathered at Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust to celebrate and bless the final resting place of Ruaputa’anga.

Ebony Kalin early acceptance to Duke University, North Carolina, USA

Te Paepae o Aotea would like to congratulate Ebony Kalin 2023 Head Academic Leader, who has admitted into  into Duke University, North Carolina USA. Ebony is one of 806 students from the USA and internationally who have been admitted under early decision in December 2023. Duke University is in the top 10 universities in USA, with an overall 6% admission rate on average. Ebony with be studying Public Policy.

Duke University KARSH Merit Scholarship

Ebony Kalin has since been awarded the International KARSH Merit Scholarship to Duke University, North Carolina, USA. This is a full scholarship for Ebony during her four year course at Duke. Te Paepae o Aotea wishes Ebony the very best in her future academic endeavors, as she proudly represents Hāwera and South Taranaki Community aboard.




NZ Secondary Schools Track & Field Championship

Te Paepae o Aotea would like to congratulate the students who recently took part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships. Elliot Wills produced a medal for Te Paepae o Aotea by winning the Junior Boys Triple Jump title.

Other Results:

-Elliot Wills Gold Medal for Junior Boys Triple Jump and placed 7th for Junior Boys Long Jump.

-Carlitos Morellon Anderson placed 16th Junior Boys 800m.

-Cody MacPhail placed 4th Junior Boys Long Jump, 15th Junior Boys Triple Jump and placed 16th 100m Hurles.

-Lauryn Terrill placed 36th Senior Girls 100m and placed 20th in the Senior Girls Long Jump.

-Carlitos Morellon Anderson placed 32nd in the Junior Boys Road Race.

A special thanks to Bethany Gyde and Ethan Elgar representing Te Paepae o Aotea by officiating for the event.

Students do well at Jiu Jitsu Oceania Open Event in Auckland

Ollie Shaw – Gi Gold and NoGi Silver.

Emma-May Bublitz – Gi Gold and NoGi Bronze.

Brayden Hughes – Gi Silver and NoGi Silver.

Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates Ollie, Emma-May and Brayden on their recent success.

Emma-May and Ollie and  Brayden will be heading to Japan for the World Championship in September 2024.

Maddison Wins Long Course Weekend in Cambridge

During the April school holidays Maddison Sturgeon competed in the Long Couse Weekend (LCW) where she completed a 1km Swim, 50km road race and finished with a 10.5km road run. Maddison came first in her age group and second overall in the Open Woman’s Quarter LCW.

Celestial's Starring Role

Te Paepae o Aotea acknowledges Celestial Harrison-Maraki who was a star actor in Lee Tamahori’s ‘The Convert’ which was released in March 2024. Amazing achievement, ka mau te wehi.

Julia Scott's local dancing achievements

1st Place – Contemporary

1st Place – Ballet

2nd Place – Lyrical 

Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates Julia Scott’s on her successful weekend at a local dance competition, where all local dancers could participate. This was Julia’s first competition in two years. Julia received an Encouragement Award for her ballet and choreographed her own contemporary dance.

Ryan offered 3rd Cornet in National Secondary School Brass Band

Te Paepae o Aotea congratulates Ryan Finey who has been offered 3rd cornet in the National Secondary School Brass Band playing in Nelson this October. Ryan has been playing a brass instrument for the last five years and following his family’s move to Taranaki in 2021, playing cornet in both the Junior and Senior Brass Bands. This year, Ryan joined Te Paepae o Aotea’s band, again playing lead cornet in both the Junior and School Band.

Bluelight Venture PCT Competition

On Friday, 7 June Te Paepaep o Aotea had four teams attend Taranaki Bluelight Venture PCT Competition, hosted by New Plymouth Police at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth.  This event is a Physical Competency test which police officers are required to do so, they challenge Year 7-8 Taranaki students to give it a go. It was an awesome opportunity for our students to participate in group activities and challenges. 

All our teams did exceptionally well and had lots of fun.  Team 4 – Rita Whana, Taylah Sturgeon, Mason Lord and Kaia Berry made the final round.  They set an amazing time of 1 minute and 55 seconds, which put them in 1st place with Highlands Intermediate left to run.

It was a very tight close with Highlands Intermediate finishing 3 seconds faster which put Team 4 in 2nd place, a great effort from Team 4.