On Wednesday night, I had the fortune of attending the year's first Maori hui for Stanhope Road School. Two weeks earlier, I was introducing myself to parents at the inaugural Pasifika fono. These are a great opportunity to connect with whanau within the school community and to hear the voice on the ground. There are 41 different nationalities represented at Stanhope alone - there are even more within the broader Maungakiekie Community of Learning (represented by our five local primary schools and One Tree Hill College). Understandably, this brings both excitement and challenge.
I am often asked why I choose to live in Mt Wellington (Maungarei) and bring my family up here. My response is that it makes sense. It makes sense from the perspective of the head, the heart, and the spirit.
Maungarei is a dynamic, growing, central Auckland location. There are plenty of opportunities; it is somewhat affordable; and it has great access to public transport and the motorway. Maungarei is a multicultural melting pot which is learning how to integrate. Our tamariki grow to celebrate diversity, develop a sense of identity and build compassion for one another. Maungarei has real and obvious needs, and God has placed us in MWCC for his purposes.
The theme for the year is Faith, and it is clear that we require faith to tackle some of the challenges that he has given us. In order to fulfil our mission, we must be open and bold and responsive.
Thank you Lord for the work that you have been doing in our lives and our community through the Thy Kingdom Come prayer series.