17 Tīhema 2022

Tēnā koutou e te whānau,

The Board and Tumuaki believe it is important to inform the whānau about a serious incident that took place in the afternoon of Friday 9 December. This morning an article was released regarding this incident that occurred in the Pioneer carpark involving a small group of tauira and police.

Two kaiako became aware of the incident as it unfolded and were able to inform the senior management team (SMT) of our kura immediately. The tauira involved were understandably very distressed by the situation.

Since last Friday the SMT and the Board have been working together to gather all of the information from the police and support the whānau involved.

In order to protect the privacy and mana of our tamariki we ask that you be mindful of what is being said and to whom. Our priority over the past seven days has been, and still is, focused on the wellbeing and support for those tamariki involved, and their whānau. We recognise that the incident has undoubtedly prompted concerns amongst our wider whānau and kaimahi, and we are available to answer any pātai.

We have informed Te Rūnanga Nui about what took place, and we have been working with the Ministry of Education to navigate a pathway forward that will include educating our tamariki on their rights when it comes to interacting with the police. We have also been speaking with our school community officer to progress conversations with NZ Police around this incident.

We will continue to keep our whānau informed and in the meantime, we send our aroha to everyone who is feeling the māmae of this upsetting incident.

Nā mātou ngā kaiwhakahaere o Te Whānau Tahi.

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