Thanks Mr Whenuaroa,

Hastings Intermediate

You gave me confidence in my ability to speak Maori.  You helped me to understand that I could be a speaker of te reo Maori and helped me to believe in myself.

from Tineka Walford

Thanks Mr Stephen Bee,

Hastings Intermediate

You helped me to raise the standards for myself.  You helped me to see that mediocre should never be accepted.  I thank you for this.

from Tineka Walford
Mr Elgar

Thanks Mr Elgar,

Hastings Intermediate

Mr Elgar was out teacher, young and fresh – really quite cool as I remember.  A skinny knitted tie and suede desert boots.  He kept us engaged and interested in learning.  No surprises, his students learnt the meaning of achievement.  The class has been very successful, amongst them the youngest (at the time!) 747 pilot and my friend Peter Waddell, an extremely successful artist living in Washington DC.

(Photo accredited to AWW/Jae Frew)

from Jo Seagar