Tongariro News

Battlefields Tour 2017 - Italy, Belgium & France

Our group of students, teachers and parents/caregivers are currently in Rome to learn, enjoy and wonder.

We would like to thank everyone for their amazing support over this long journey.

Our thanks to these wonderful sponsors:

Turangi New World

Mount Ruapehu Alpine and Lifts

White Water Rafting

Z Turangi

Tongariro River Rafting

Gloria & Brendan Ngawati @ Backyard Tours

Taupo Huka Falls Jet

The Creel Lodge

Bobby Caldwell

Tokaanu Thermal Pools

Manaaki Fitness Gym

Medi Spa Turangi

Farmers Discount Meats

Alec Marnoch - AME Solutions

Ngaire Jerry

Reg & Caroleanne Tamati

George Jensen


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The first group of akonga (students) of the Pause, Prompt, Praise (PPP) programme have just completed their ten week programme.

On behalf of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board Raina Ferris Bretherton co presented all kaitautoko (tutors), akonga (students) and teachers with hoodies and books to acknowledge their participation and progress in the programme.

Some akonga and kaitautoko have been asked to share their experiences with the programme.


Tell me about yourself?

My name is Kaydn Whareaitu Galloway. I am 12 years old. I am an akonga on the PPP programme.

What iwi do you affiliate to?

Ngati Tuwharetoa

What do you like doing?

I like travelling, rugby league, motorbike riding and hunting. I like going hunting with my Uncle David.

Do you think being a part of the PPP programme has helped you?

Yeah, I’m better at retelling the story. It helps me to understand it better and what it’s about.

What do you aspire to be?

I would like to be a farmer cos I can ride motorbikes and you can have pets like a dog.



Tell me about yourself?

My name is Savion Anderson. I am 12 years old. I am an akonga on the PPP programme.

What iwi do you affiliate to?

Ngati Pikiao

What are some of your interests?

I love motorbike riding up Pihanga for fun

What did you enjoy about the PPP programme?

I like coming because I get out of doing class work.

And what else?

I think my reading has got better because I understand more about what I read about. I would like to be a kaitautoko and maybe help other kids with their reading.

What do you aspire to be?

I would like to work in the bush pruning trees.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Dayna Jane Smythe. I am 12 years old. My marae is Korohe. I go to Tongariro School and I am in Year 8.

What are some of your interests?

I would like to go travelling. I would like to go to Tokyo cos Ive heard good stuff about it. They have good food and shops and the scenery is pretty. I’d like to learn Japanese one day.

What did you enjoy about the PPP programme?

You have to be respectful and you have to read good. I think my reading has been good. Cameron (kaitautoko) helps me with the words and what they mean and to use the punctuation when I’m reading.

What do you aspire to be?

I hope to be able to travel. I would like to be a doctor so I can heal people and give them a second chance to live.