1950s Tereora College students: Avaiki Aperau (left), Aumai Ariki, Papehia Aviu, Ina Herrmann and Ngamau (Aunty Mau) Munukoa reunited last December. MELINA ETCHES/22120202
In a heart-warming display of nostalgia, a group of former students from the 50s and 60s have united with a shared vision of forming an association dedicated to preserving their cherished memories and supporting their old college.
This inspiring initiative seeks to bring together
individuals from decades ago and those more of late from Tereora College, eager
to make a difference once again.
Four years ago, Norman George and Mike Tavioni, former
Tereora College scholarship students who attended Northland College in Aotearoa
New Zealand, initiated a reunion with fellow Cook Islanders.
This kick started regular gatherings and reconnections
once a month with Tereora College colleagues from the 1950s and 1960s.
Last December, the former scholars invited more
colleagues to reconnect with one another, share an evening of laughter, songs
and nostalgia, and to recall the tough but vibrant experiences of their college
Avaiki Mataio said, “the initiative to form the
association was encouraged by our colleagues.
“There are many stories, experiences, and perspectives
that need to be documented, not just for ourselves but for future generations
as well,” he said.
This evening they are launching the Former Tereora
College Students Association Inc. calling its first Annual General Meeting
(AGM), which will be held from 5pm at the school.
“All former students (young and old) of Tereora are
invited to this AGM,” said Mataio.
The keynote address will be delivered by former
Principal of the Tereora College Tuingariki (Tui) Short who was also previously
the Cook Islands Secretary of Education.
The association aims to serve as a platform for former
pupils to reconnect, to reminisce and to contribute to the betterment of their
Bringing together a wealth of experiences, they hope
to foster a strong sense of community and support for the school and its
students in its programmes.