In August last year, New Zealand pledged up to $11.7 million to complete stage one of the building project and funding for the remaining three stages is being planned as part of the redevelopment plan.
The unveiling ceremony gathered the school students, teachers and staff as well as special guests such as New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, Cook Islands Minister of Finance Mark Brown and New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley.
Principal Tania Morgan said the redevelopment plan would represent structural changes for the school where the students would have facilities to compete on an international stage.
“Stage one redevelopment, in which the New Zealand government donated 11.7 million. We will see the rebuild of a technology block, the administration area, and a student’s research centre. These changes will make opportunities that are not currently offered here and to this end we are truly grateful.”
Morgan said the school’s drive was to ensure their students become the best and for that, they deserve the best.
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Brown said education was one of the key pillars for the development of the Cook Islands.
“An investment for this nation in seeing the first steps in upgrading our school is very important for the future development of our country. At the end of the day it’s just a building. What’s going to make a difference is Ms Morgan, her team of teachers and the students,” Brown said.
Brown encouraged the students of Tereora College to ignite the creativity, to unleash the innovations and to light the flame for the desire of lifelong learning.
McCully said there was no other important decision which superceded the decision to invest into education in the Cook Islands.
He was currently working with a team on another “game-changing” project which would be equally important to the redevelopment of Tereora College.
“It is our desire to bring a cable to the Cook Islands to ensure that Rarotonga has high speed internet available that will help further education.”
Puna, who is also the minister responsible for education, earlier said the redevelopment of Tereora College would provide young Cook Islanders with 21st century learning spaces and opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to contribute to the advancement of our country.
“The new infrastructure for the national college will be a flagship for future development in education.”