1 Jun 2015

A tiny rural school goes global

From Voices, 7:06 pm on 1 June 2015

"We might be small, but we dream big!" - Principal Pembroke (Peraniko) Bird, Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake O Tawhiuau

A tiny rural school in Murupara in the Bay of Plenty is going global. An hour from Rotorua, the school in Murupara township has a total immersion approach to learning te reo Māori, Mandarin and Japanese.

With their Mandarin and Japanese teachers and a group of Mandarin language assistants, they are looking to produce the next generation of global citizens, all under the leadership of their visionary principal.

Lynda Chanwai-Earle travels to Murupara to join in as they celebrate their special Culture Day and to meet this little school with big dreams.

This documentary is the 30 minute version of the Voices programme broadcast on 18 May 2015.