Head Prefect - Arapeta Paea

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Toia Te Arawa tapotu ki te moana Ma wai e too Ma te whakarongo ake He tarawainuku, he tarawairangi Tinia, monoa Nau mai, nau mai ra e Tane Ka kau tāua I te awa I Pikopiko I whiti Kia mātakina koe e te tini o nga tangata Mingoi he tane, koakoa he tane, rangahau he tane E patua mai ana e te komuri hau Na runga I o Waihīhī, I o Waihāhā Panekeneke te ihu o te waka Ahaa, turuki, turuki – paneke, paneke -2x Haere mai te toki, haumie, hui eeee – taiki eee. Ka taka taka uuuu e! x2 Ka taka te motoi e kapo ki nga whetu E kapo ki te marama E kapo ki te ata o taku Raukura kua riro Kimihia rangahaua kei hea koutou kua ngaro nei i aua Tena kua riro kei paerau ki te huinga o te kahurangi ka oti atu ai koutou

Koutou nga mate o te wa, koutou nga mate o te tau o te marama o nga marama kua hipa atu haere,haere, haere atu ra. me aha ra i te toki a mate , e tuatua nei i te tangtata ki te po ? e aua hoki! heoi ano taku .. he turuturu roimata he turuturu roimata he turuturu roimata.

Ki tā te Māori titiro, he takirua te haere o ngā mea katoa i tēnei ao, a runga, a raro, te tika, te hē, te pō, te ao, te ātaahua, te makimaki. Nō reira, ki te kōrero tātou e pā ana ki te mate, kei te kōrero tātou e pā ana ki te ora. Hei aha noa iho i tōtō ai ngā kōrero ka tauparapara noa iho ai ānō koirā anake tā te manu kōrero i pahawa, e kāo. Heoi anō kia kotahi atu ki te kaupapa nāna nei tātou i whakakao, i whakaōpeti.

Mr Grinter, staff, dignitaries and my fellow students, today is a day that signifies a new beginning for each individual here. 2016 is a time for change, a time for action, a time for new heights, new dreams and new aspirations. Welcome 2016 into your life, welcome each and every day with a challenge to seize everything you possibly can from this year. Challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Think outside the box and take any opportunity that presents itself, whether it’s in the classroom, on the sports field, outside of school or even at home - take it with two hands and don’t look back! Make the Year 2016 a year of no regrets and one to remember! It starts here with you, with Raukura.

I have watched four Head Prefects deliver their own speeches, each showing their own unique style of leadership. Over those four years I have grown to one day stand here before you as they did, and share ‘my’ speech. I am immensely grateful for every lesson they have taught me. Thus, I can not thank them enough. Not only have they given me the confidence to fill their shoes, they have also instilled within me a goal to uphold our strong tradition of leadership and culture. For those of you who do not know who I am, my name is Arapeta Paea and I will be your Head Boy for 2016. Alongside me this year is Ryan Beamish, as Deputy Head Boy, as well as a team of 9 prefects seated in front of you today, ready to dive head-first into the best year of our schooling lives. Secondly, I would like to welcome the new students of Raukura, tēna koutou. I remember being in your place back when I started year 9 in 2012, standing at the front of the school, waiting for the wero and pōwhiri to commence. I also remember feeling anxious about the year at hand and feeling as if my legs were going to fall off.

To the Year 9s and new students of Rotorua Boys’ High School, I’d like to once again say “welcome”. Throughout this year you will find that Rotorua Boys’ is more than just a school, it is a brotherhood. This brotherhood is a thing that you’ll cherish for years to come. It doesn’t matter what city you’re from, or what country you’re from, once you walk through those humble gates, you become a brother of Raukura. The bond you make with our school is something that you won't find at any other. The bond we share with our school is unique. That is what we are. Not classmates, but brothers. ‘Boys High till we Die!’

This year will be another outstanding year for Rotorua Boys’ High School. I have no doubt in my mind that there’s going to be rough patches and tough times along this journey but nevertheless, we can, NO, we WILL overcome these challenges. There is no mountain we can not climb, there is no storm we can not weather. This year is ours for the taking.

So today we embark on a journey that started long before my time here at Rotorua Boys’ High School. It is steeped in history, and success and your participation will ensure its legacy. Give this year everything you have. If you have a gloomy life, start over, aim for as high as you can, let's all make this year one to be remembered. We can reach the top, it just depends on whether or not we’re determined enough to do it. Ad Alta, to the summit. Let us meet the sun! Learn from this year, take it, embrace it and carry on your stories, if you're lost in your story, turn the page and start again, build a plot, build a plan and aim for a conclusion that will impact and influence the life of others. Ad Astra Per Aspera, Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu me he maunga teitei E tu, stand up, and meet greatness.

Thank You.

Arapeta Paea, Head Prefect 2016