Waipara School Welcomes Manawa the Moa.

Waipara School recently welcomed Manawa the Moa to their school.

The school held a school blessing ceremony as part of their welcome back to school celebration. Guests were invited from the 2017 Waipara School Centennial Committee, Kate Valley Landfill Community Trust, the Mayor Marie Black as well as past and present friends of the school and the local community. 

The Moa was an idea that originated from the previous principal Di Officer, who commissioned local sculpture artist Sharon Earle to create him. 

In 2023 the current principal Ms Yvonne Blair worked with Sharon to complete this beautiful sculpture. 

Manawa meaning heart and soul stands at the entrance of the school gate welcoming guests and greeting the children as they arrive at school. Manawa is a visual metaphor (Mascot) that will become part of the school narrative.

“We are so excited,” says Mrs Blair. “He has a soulful presence and is a real positive for our school.”

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