Rangiora’s new school has a fitting new name, replacing the interim name of Rangiora West School.
The new school’s establishment board of trustees approached local rūnanga Ngāi Tūāhuriri asking them to gift the school a name with significance..
Principal Danny Nicholls said he was grateful to Ngāi Tūāhuriri for their careful consideration, and he was thrilled with the name they came back with: Te Matauru, meaning the eye to the west.
The name is broken into mata (face or eye) and uru (west). Mata is also short for taumata, which means summit, top of hill or resting place.
The school is situated in west Rangiora, and when built will look out to the west. While the school site is near a Māori reserve, it was not a place of major settlement.
The rūnanga also gifted a vision statement to the school: Ekea Ka Taumata Ki Te Uru, meaning ‘look to the peaks of the alps and ascend to great heights’.
Nicholls said the establishment board had accepted the gifted name and the Ministry of Education has confirmed the school name would be named Te Matauru Primary.
The board is currently consulting with the community on the school’s zone, feedback on which is sought until the end of February.
Construction of the $13.2 million school, on the corner of Pentecost and Johns Rds, will begin in early 2019.
Funding for the school was announced by the Ministry of Education in 2013 as part of the Government’s $1 billion investment in education in the Greater Christchurch region.
The school will open at the start of 2020 for 350 pupils initially, with room to expand. No out-of-zone applications will be taken in the first year.
The design plans for the school, comprising an administration block and hall, and a total of 14 teaching spaces, are being reviewed by the design review team and the board is awaiting feedback.
Construction is expected to get under way as soon as the design is approved.