“The class of ’67 decided to do something at the school to mark the 50th anniversary of our graduation” says former Tereora student Temu Okotai.
The group of former students donated the funds for the monument, which they were hoping to unveil during the recent visit by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
“Things became a bit too complicated logistics-wise, so we decided to leave it” says Okotai.
The stone was carved by renowned Cook Islands artist and writer Michael “Mike” Tavioni.
Okotai says Paul Mangakahia and Malcolm Sword from General Transport also played a pivotal role in the project, helping to transport the large stone from the quarry to the workshop and finally to Tereora College.
“We thought it could be something to add to the new building space” says Okotai.
A small ceremony took place for the unveiling of the impressive stone carving, with both current and former students attending, as well as a group of dignitaries.