13 Nov 2012

Name sought for new Murupara school

7:40 pm on 13 November 2012

Local landmarks and ancestral Maori names are being considered for the name of a new school in Eastern Bay of Plenty.

The Government announced eleven months ago that Murupara's Rangitahi College and Murupara Primary School will close early next year.

A replacement school which incorporates primary and secondary students will be opened early next year.

Establishment Board of Trustees chair Jacob Te Kurapa , says residents and kaumatua within the community have been consulted about what to call the new school.

He says some of the names suggested include Te Pa Harakeke o Murupara and Murupara Collegiate.

Mr Te Kurapa says it's important the name reflects the town's culture, identity, and heritage.

The board will decide on the new school's name during the next two weeks.