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Anthony Mills | September 2021

Nau mai haere mai ki te Hata Meri Hōhepa - te kura Katorika o Papamoa.

Nau mai haere mai ki te Hata Meri Hōhepa - te kura Katorika o Papamoa. For our Te Reo Moment we chose to sing the waiata 'With Our Mother Suzanne' which is a song written by Father Chris Skinner about the patron of our school, Meri Hōhepa (Suzanne Aubert). Suzanne Aubert was a Catholic French nun who came to Aotearoa in 1860 and showed compassion and mercy to those in need. She cared for the sick, suffering, homeless, unemployed and orphaned children. Meri Hōhepa had a great love for the Māori people and became fluent in Te Reo. She also had great knowledge of herbal medicines and developed her own rongoā to heal those who were unwell. Suzanne established the Sisters of Compassion who are still serving our community in need today, right across New Zealand.

We hope you enjoy our waiata!

'Whakamoemititia, te Ariki mo nga manaakitanga'

Suzanne Aubert

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