While not an Old Boy of Hato Paora (he went to Whanganui Boys High School), it was the College values and the whänau feel that attracted Davis and his partner when they decided to send their son to the College. His role as Chairman of the Whänau Whänui and Manager of the First XV means that his involvement with the College is a big part of his life and his whänau life his younger sons are water boys for the team and although they are only 10 and 11, they both want to go to the College now!
The Whänau Whänui have been involved in fundraising for the school for a long time, but their role seems to be more than just finding money. They have a brochure that outlines their vision to strive in the effort to work along side Hato Paora College to enhance our young Mäori men to be leaders of tomorrow and their whakatauki reads Ko tau rourou, ko taku rourou, ka ora ai te kura which translates as Through your efforts and my efforts, the school will prosper.
In addition they clearly see their role as targeting and resourcing the needs within Hato Paora College in respect to the Academic, Sporting and Cultural requirements of students.. and finding ways to meet those needs.
Selwyn Ponga Davis sees the Whänau Whänui as more than just a fundraising body they are in the process of establishing themselves as a legal entity and they have a 5 year Strategic Plan that will see the röpu being more active and visible than the past. A principal goal is to give College Old Boys a reason to be involved now. Other initiatives have been designed simply to lift the profile of the school in the Manawatu region and to present the College in a positive light.
Kia Kaha Koutou e Selwyn ma. Whaia te tika.
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