A week of firsts at Te Pae Tata

The buzz at Te Pae Tata in Ohākune continues to build.

Created as one of the 23 community-based solutions currently being implemented as part of Ngāti Rangi's Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan [RWT], the Ruapehu Community Learning and Tech Hub is just a week away from opening.

Project Manager Erena Mikaere-Most and the team have had an exciting few weeks as painters put the finishing touches to the old senior block at the College.

"Phase one of transforming this space into a one-stop community learning centre and conference facility is nearly complete and planning is well underway in developing courses and programmes that are going to cater to the needs of our Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru communities whether you are 100-years-old or just five.

"Earlier this month we ran a highly successful computer science trial programme for kids and last Thursday we hosted Poutama Trust who bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts for their Digital Cluster conference.

"It was perfect timing for us, the team is buzzing after the 'Silicon Maunga' hui.

"It was good to have that korero in this whare ahead of opening next week.

"The wealth of knowledge shared with us by the speakers showcased the world of exciting high-tech possibilities, it was inspiring."

Photo: Last Thursday the Poutama Trust's Digital Cluster hui bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts to share and inspire.

On Saturday a small karakia was held at the space to receive blessing from Ngāti Rangi ahead of all the new activities and initiatives being launched.

"This was also an opportunity for us to share our RWT journey and Te Pae Tata vision with some of our uri who haven't heard it in detail, particularly those who don't live at home.

"This was an important step for us, for our team, to set us on the right path to make this space a success for everyone as we embark on an exciting new journey."

Te Pae Tata opens to the public next Tuesday and an official launch and community open day is also currently being planned.