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Welcome to the first edition of the "Perbole News" in the New Millenium! Maori boarding schools create language, and in the early to mid eighties, the term "Perbole" meant a tall yarn, or a big story. Derived from the word, 'hyperbole', meaning exaggeration, the term became so popular at Hato Paora that it was used for the short lived, but hard case student newspaper. We hope to provide some hard case yarns here for your enjoyment, so please keep checking back for more.
 
 
You know you're getting Old, when seniors who leave HPC this year have never heard of JR, Mork from Ork, think Rogernomics was a sci-fi TV series, and believe Kohanga and Kura Kaupapa have always been around!

How old are you? Well if you went to Hato Paora in the seventies to late eighties, as far as kids today are concerned, you're ancient!

In the US, a particular university in Wisconsin publishes "The Mindset List"-- useful facts and figures about the incoming crop of students so lecturers can relate to their new students. The list is a reminder that the world view of today's 18 year olds is significantly different from our own. Put another way, it's a reminder that you are getting on in years.

To better understand how senior students who leave Hato Paora this year think, and who were born in about 1985, check this list out - courtesy of the Whaia te Tika Team!
 
1.Kura kaupapa Maori and Kohanga Reo have always existed.

2. They have no meaningful recollection of the Lange Government. For all they know, Rogernomics was a sci-fi TV series.

3. Most have never seen a crate or a flagon. Beer has always come in cans or twist tops.
 

4. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

5. Most don't know what vinyl (as in records) is, and the statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. (They have never owned a record player.)

6. They have likely never played Pac Man or Space Invaders.

7. Most have never seen a black and white TV.

8. There have always been VCRs.

9. They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

10. They don't know what a cloth nappy is - Treasures have always been around.

11. Michael Jackson has always been white.

12. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

13. They never took a swim and thought about "Jaws."

14. They have never got up early in the morning to watch a test match from South Africa or England.

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15. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. (A = Ork!)

16. They don't know who said "De plane, de plane!" or have ever heard it said (Tattoo from 'Fantasy Island').

17. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.

18. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

19. They can't imagine that people actually listen to Rugby on the Radio - as far as they are concerned, fi there are no pictures, its unintelligible.

20. They don't know what its like to have a Priest as a Principal, Rector or Teacher.

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If you are keen to write a piece for the Perbole News, please email me at a.tibble@xtra.co.nz