I was very fortunate to attend the opening of Te Aroha Noa's Adult Learning Centre this weekend. The new building was officially opened by local Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway, who cut the red ribbon.
Prior to that we were entertained with a Kapa Haka performance from the tamariki who attend the early childhood centre, speeches from inspiring community leaders and a lovely waiata (song) from 2 young up and coming songbirds.
Last term, Te Aroha Noa delivered the Computers in Homes programme to a total of 23 families. They are now offering Stepping UP Digital Steps to their graduates to help further their learning and personal aspirations. Dale Hunter is the resident tutor, and is a great advocate for digital literacy.
Bruce Maden, the CEO, expressed his vision of creating better life outcomes within and alongside the community he serves. His vision and enthusiasm for positive change is contagious and this event is testament to his 20 year commitment to Te Aroha Noa and the local community. Awesome Bruce and the Te Aroha Noa crew ... you rock!
Watch this space...
|Whanau supporting the celebration|
|Tamariki getting ready to perform Kapa Haka|
|Dignitories from left to right: Jono Naylor (PNCC Mayor), Iain Lees-Galloway (Labour MP), Vaughan Dennison (PNCC Councillor), and Alfred Ngaro (National List MP)|
|Teresa - CIH graduate sharing her learning journey|
|Bruce Maden presenting a gift|
|Alfred Ngaro giving his inspiring speech|
|Iain Lees-Galloway cutting the ribbon!|
|From left to right: Brad, Alfred, Bruce, Sarah Lee, and Iain|