50th Anniversary Celebrations


Friday 8th February:

Whole school community Picnic.  Join us on the free bus to Waikanae pool at 9:30am as we spend the day enjoying the sun, swimming and even a free sausage sizzle.  A great way to meet the staff and reconnect with friends and family you haven’t seen over summer.

Saturday 9th February:  6am blessing of the new school carving mounted at the front of the school office.

10am powhiri for the whole community and dignitaries to welcome everyone back to the school.  This is followed by a viewing of the classroom upgrade and photo displays over the ages.

12pm – 2pm time for food, song and dance.  Come and enjoy the $12 taste of Tairangi plate of food with roast pork, and many of your favourite island foods.  Strictly limited to 300 plates so get in early or prepay at the office.  While you eat we will have a performances, songs and music from a range of local acts and community members on the main stage to enjoy.

2pm – 4pm we will wind down with some light sports for families to enjoy.

If you want to carry on the fun you can book dinner at the Porirua RSA at your expense from 6:30 and carry on the fun as long as you like.

Sunday 10th February:  Families from out of town can attend a church service at the Samoan church service held in the hall from 10am.


Taonga for the Celebration

  • Taonga to give back to the school and unveil ceremony / gift to the school
  • T shirt / hoodies and school flag school tivaevae, hats
  • Name origins
  • History
  • Manaia
  • Taonga display
  • Prizes for best dressed / items etc
  • Flowers (leis) for previous principals and mayors
  • Fence handprints for each whanau for 75th
  • Plaque to unveil, tree, seats
  • Living Heritage
  • Mural for hall
  • Street Signage, School banner
  • Gazebo’s and island mats
  • Old School song playlist
  • An MC

Activities during the Celebration

  • Cultural performance for every culture in the school
  • Polyfest
  • Waiata and whanau support Tairangi school anthem
  • Music, drumming
  • Dance
  • Child care while adults participate in a ball
  • Games and sports cultural activities, traditional skills like tie dying
  • Fundraising to make it free, gala
  • Culturally appropriate practices
  • Karakia, turou, powhiri etc
  • House celebrations
  • Whare metaphor for school and community
  • 2019 Class items grand performance in houses. Maybe each house represent a different culture?
  • Monday to Friday open days then afternoon tea for principals, community and staff.
  • School to supply food
  • Cut cake (oldest and youngest child)
  • Council support to reflect in our community
  • Property looking great
  • Grant Applications
  • Community Sports / relays etc


  • Include
    Community group
    Members of community
    Ex students / parents / staff
    Kids and family
  • 50th anniversary account email on website etc. Facebook
  • Drip feed this year to build excitement
  • Profile of past students electronic and wall of fame
  • Time capsule
  • Record the event live, online and time capsule.
  • Past meets present
  • Each year having their own group and introduced together
  • Celebration over the ages
  • Groups can meet in the days leading up to it. Eg katikati for Kuki Airani or decades etc.
  • Archive and images rich
  • Digital connection for those who can’t attend.
  • Connect to previous celebrations, events and achievements
  • Groups to contribute towards celebration
  • Facebook / website
  • Photos by decade in the hall…spare copies for people to keep as well.
  • Advertising the event:
  • Facebook (kept up to date)
  • Papers, poster media and in own language
  • Too expensive and difficult to send individual invites, although we may wish to approach a number of key people.
  • Past stories captured, and shared including orally.
  • Drone for pictures


  • Birthday cake
  • Cupcake for every child
  • Kai of different cultures
  • Hangi / umu, traditional foods traditional cooking methods? Watercress
  • Greenhouse…school or community garden (could be the gift to the community from the school).
  • Look at the kitchen and recommend changes.