The first of the new buildings (R Block) was officially opened on Thursday 25th January, by Sir Tipene O’Regan. The highly
respected Ngai Tahu kaumatua, academic, businessman and iwi leader has had a strong and active relationship with Cashmere High
School over recent years, it was an honour to have a person of such significance and status open and bless this new
building. This occasion also marks the end of Stage 1 of our school’s property rebuild programme.
This new block includes three large art classrooms and offices for Heads of School on the
ground floor, and upstairs four English classrooms and a large workspace for teachers. This
new block has an outside walkway to allow easy access to the school gym and library after
hours from the front of the school.
On the morning of Friday 9th February members of our school community gathered
to officially unveil and bless the new whakairo (mahi, amo and koruru) mounted
on the front of our school whare. These carvings were organised and lead by
master carver Matua Tairoa Flanagan (a father of past pupil Te Matau Hopu
Flanagan CHS 2016). Cashmere High is very grateful for the outstanding work and skill of
Tairoa, and how he allowed students and staff to assist in the carving process.
Thank you to Eruena Tarena of Ngai Tahu and parent at our school who led the
blessing ceremony on this special morning. Many thanks to the large number of
people who contributed to this wonderful new addition to our school.