Thanks Mike Hollings,

Makoura College

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini kē. Thank you Mike. You were my teacher in school but t\’was your support out-of-school when my world was falling apart (I was 20) that you really became my mentor, my coach, my teacher and my motivation to be all that I am. You pulled me out of the gutter, dragged me back to school, advocated and supported me through teacher training and my teaching career. You helped me to realise my potential. Kāhore he kupu hei whakahua i hohonutanga o te miharo kei roto i ahau mōu. You have inspired me to be the same caring person to every single student I encounter. Tēnā rawa atu koe e hoa

from Maxine Hemi