Sunday, July 3, 2011

Melville Intermediate - A very special award

We've received a very, very special award for our class work here at Melville Intermediate School. We've received special recognition from the Human Rights Commission of New Zealand.   The award is specifically for our work for Maori Language and Maori Language Week (where we're also listed as a resource on the official Maori Language Week Facebook Page).

We're thrilled with this wonderful official recognition for our students work - a big thank you to all those classrooms from New Zealand and around the world that have allowed us to share the students culture with them and contributed video footage and Skyped with us.  You can see all of this work linked from the 'pages' section of this blog in the top right hand corner.

This acknowledgment will be publicised in the official monthly e-newsletter On the Bright Side, Positive Contributions to Race Relations, with commentary.

 Given that this week is officially Maori Language Week the timing of this award couldn't be more special, and we will be sharing this with the students tomorrow.  A reminder to all of our visitors that if you would like to Skype with our tutors (Mackenzie and Hayze) they are available, just leave us a comment on this post with your contact information or email our teacher at  


  1. Congratulations!!! Keep up good work!

  2. Congratulations from all of us who follow your blog and appreciate the way you mentor others around New Zealand and the globe.

    Allanah King

    Appleby School


    New Zealand

  3. Room 6 Kilbirnie SchoolJuly 3, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Tino Pai Rawe Room 8! An award well deserved! Since watching your videos and skyping Room 6 have learnt a lot from you. We hope to skype again this week for more tutoring. Keep up the good work.

    Arohanui Miss Lologa and Room 6 Kilbirnie School

    P.S. Are you girls available to skype us Tuesday morning around 11?

  4. Fantastic what a great award! Well done, gr8 role models for the rest of us!

  5. Congratulations Room 8 - keep up the great work!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS to you all! This is very well deserved. I know how much our class appreciated your help with the pronunciation in our mihi. I am really looking forward to visiting your class this week.
    Mrs K

  7. Dear Room 8
    Ka mau te wehi!
    This is a fantastic, well-deserved award, and you should be very proud of ypurselves.
    It's great to think that you are helping to spread the word (the Te Reo word!) around the world. :)

    Kia ora
    from Mrs McKenzie and B4

  8. Miss Brown at Waiuku Primary SchoolJuly 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Fantastic.... well done you guys. My kids and I really enjoyed the interaction with the girls we Skyped today. It was terrific, thanks very much.

    Kia Ora
    from Miss Brown and Room 9 at Waiuku Primary School

  9. hey guys great blog i was one of the kids that skyped mckenzie and haze!! thanks heaps for that we have been teaching the class and we also taught them the hand game you taught us it was great fun!!! thanks again!!

    yours sincerely