Kaumātua, Henare Edwards, and Te Taumutu Education subcommittee members led the blessing of the site for the new high school, Rolleston College, which will start in 2017.

Despite the cold temperature, the event was well supported by the establishment board of the new school, the Ministry of Education, the sponsor, architects and construction company, as well as local principals and Selwyn District councillors.

Future pupils of the new school also participated in the ceremony. It was a very exciting opportunity for the rūnanga to be involved in developing and influencing this, and for the new primary school, Rolleston West to meet the needs of our tamariki and rangatahi.

Whānau gather for a picture at the site of the soil blessing.

Whānau gather for a picture at the site of the soil blessing.

Kaumātua, Henare Edwards conducting the blessing of the site.

Kaumātua, Henare Edwards conducting the blessing of the site.