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He Haerenga ki Tonga

I tērā tau, i haere māua ko tāku tāne ki Tonga ki te āwhina i tētahi kura i reira. Ko St Andrew’s te ingoa o te kura rā, ā, he Karaitiana nō te kura, kāore te kāwanatanga o Tonga e tautoko ana i te kura – arā, kāore te kāwanatanga e tuku ana i te moni ki a rātou. Nā whai anō, kua tawhito ngā whare, kua paruparu ngā paetara, kua pakaru te nuinga o ngā mea – ā, kua pau te matangareka o ngā kaiako rātou ko ngā tauira mō tō rātou kura.

Nā, i haere māua i te taha o te roopu nunui nō tētahi hāhi i Newlands, arā, ko St Michael’s. Tērā pea e rua tekau mā rima ngā tāngata, nā reira he nui, he rerekē hoki ngā pūkenga o te roopu! Nāku ngā paetara i peita i te ata, ā, nāku ngā tamariki i tiaki i te ahiahi – i kaukau mātou ko ngā tamariki i te moana kia haere tonu ngā mātua o ngā tamariki ki te mahi i aua wā. He pūkenga rorohiko tā tāku tāne, nā reira nāna te kaimahi rorohiko o te kura i whakaako i ētahi mea hou, engari i whakatikatika ia i ngā tuanui o ngā rūma ako i te nuinga o te wā. He tokomaha ngā tāne kaha i te roopu, nā reira i taea e rātou te whakatika ngā tuanui o ngā rūma e whā i ngā rā e rima! I wareware te pū nēra, nā reira i mamae rawa ngā ringaringa! Ahakoa tērā, i ngana rātou – me titiro koe ki ngā pikitia i raro kia mohio koe i ngā rerekētanga i tētahi o ngā rūma ako.

Waihoki, i whakahaeretia ngā pukapuka o te whare pukapuka e tētahi wahine, i horoia ngā mea paruparu o te rūma Pūtaiao e ētahi anō, i whakakapia ngā mea tawhito, pakaru rānei i ngā mea hou. I tunu ētahi mema o te roopu ia rā mā mātou, he mahi tino whakahirahira anō!

He nui te manaakitanga o ngā tāngata o Tonga. I hākari mātou i te nuinga o ngā pō he marae nō rātou – he maha ngā poaka, ngā ika me ngā hua whenua i whakapaingia mā mātou, he reka rawa atu ngā kai katoa. Ahakoa i āwhina mātou ki a rātou, kaōre e kore i whakamānawa katoa rātou i a mātou anō.

Mehemea kua whakaaro koe e pā ana ki tētahi haerenga ki tāwāhi, ka taunaki au he haerenga āwhina māu! He waimārie te nuinga o tātou i tēnei motu pukahu, engari he nui ngā raru i ētahi motu anō. Kua haere au ki Haina, Whītī, Ukanata hoki hei whakaako, hei hanga, hei tuku kākahu anō hoki. Ko te tūmanako he pai te āwhina ki ngā tāngata o aua motu, engari ki ahau nei, he nui rawa atu ngā painga, ngā whakamānawa i ngā tāngata nei ki ahau. Ki te puta te kōwhiringa ōrite ki a koe, me hopu koe ka tika!

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