Jacobs River School

Makaawhio reunion 2015
The Jacobs River School has closed for the last time and the property has been sold lock, stock and barrel to Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio.

This school has had a rich history for our Ngāti Māhaki whānau over the past 120 years. The school property was originally Māori reserve. It is situated right on the banks of our awa and in the shadow of Aoraki, and it has seen generations of Māhaki through the doors. Indeed, for most of its history the school roll was mostly whānau.

The Rūnanga Executive are now working through commercial possibilities for this special property, so watch this space.

In the meantime, we are also organising a school reunion for Waitangi Day weekend 2015 (Friday, 6 February and Saturday, 7 February), to be hosted at the school, Bruce Bay Hall and the marae. This is for all ex-students, teachers, parents and anyone else associated with the Jacobs River School and the Bruce Bay School.

At this stage the programme consists of a get-together on the Friday (Waitangi Day), a shared lunch and reminiscing at the school grounds, hāngī tea and then a BYO social at night (Saturday).
We are not asking for registrations or a registration fee – just an indication of who/how many will be coming. Please bring any old photos for a display or for copying for a display.

For queries or to register your interest, please contact Helen Rasmussen at Haast, phone 03 750 0030 or 03 751 0815; or email [email protected]

Ngāti Māhaki ex-pupils back in the old schoolyard at Jacobs River School.

Ngāti Māhaki ex-pupils back in the old schoolyard at Jacobs River School.