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Kia Ora koutou,

My name is John Brandon, the students call me Matua John. I have been at Matipo School since term 2, Mr Wright appointed me on a temporary contract for two terms to help with some of the changes and I am here until the end of term 3.
In fact, I thought I had retired from a senior leadership role in a high school in Manurewa, my retirement lasted for about two days before Mr Wright asked me to come and assist. I am loving my time here at Matipo!
I live in Takanini, keeping myself company, and enjoy a very active life around helping at school, travel and aviation. My cousins live in Canada and my son and daughter in Sydney and Gold Coast respectively, my twin sister is in England and my elder sister in Melbourne…so I travel a lot! I enjoy watching my two granddaughters grow and am really happy to be able apply what I am learning at Matipo to their journey.
The staff and students here are fantastic and it is a real pleasure to make new friends with them, the students and the community.

Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018 by Heidi Gibbons, Room 15

By Heidi Gibbons, Room 15 ….

Kia ora kotou katoa te whānau o Matipō School.

On 1st July-8th July Toby, Dad and I went to Te Papaioea. (Palmerston North). We went because Rutherford College got into the finals of the Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018.

Te Kōtuku, the Rutherford College Kapa Haka rōpū, performed well because they worked as a team. My favorite part was the poi because it was very beautifully sung and everyone was in time. The Kaitātaki Tane and Wahine were really strong.

Rutherford came 33rd overall (but I think they should have been placed higher because they were great J.)

The week was also awesome because we did other stuff like :

  • We went to Te Whanganui -a -Tara (Wellington) and visited Te Papa.
  • The Rugby Musem.
  • Te Āpiti wind farm. (Big windmills for electricity)
  • Awapuni kura whakatau mihi for us.
  • Saw Mount Ruapehu and Huka Falls.
  • Saw Taupo bungy and saw some jumps.


I learnt a lot of things in te reo Maori & Maori culture. The most interesting thing I learnt was:

Once the New Zealand Government didn’t let anyone create Maori art but an Iwi called Rongowhakaata didn’t listen. Because they kept making art, the New Zealand Government confiscated their Whare Nui. In 2012 The Government apologised for what they did.


Ngā mihi nui ki Rutherford College, Matua Jeff and the whānau for letting Toby and me share such a wonderful experience with you!


Firstly we would like to Thank Shannon Crowther for helping with our school wardens on Mondays & Wednesdays.
If you could be that one to assist our children on these days please email

Wednesday Boot Camp Information

Kia Orana, parents this is a heads up for you to be able to communicate with your child/ren for after school Wednesday Boot Camps.
They are to meet on the Green court at the flag pole with bags. They can have afternoon tea before we move over to the park across the road (Neil Ave) and pick up can be back at the flag pole. If it rains we will be back at school instead.