On October 22nd to 30th Matamata college hosted our bi Annual exchange with Collège Paï-Kaleone from Hienghène, New Caledonia.

Hienghène is a small village on the east coast of New Caledonia, indigenous people are called Kanak. There are 28 Kanak languages. French is also an official language and is spoken between tribes that do not share the same Kanak Language.

19 Students and 3 teachers came for the exchange, the English teacher, the teacher in Charge of the library and a Teacher aide. They spent a full day here at the college, they had a Powhiri, learned how to do a Haka and poi and how to play Matau maui. On the other days they visited, among other things, Whakarewarewa, Auckland, Rainbows end and Hobbiton.

We have been doing this exchange since 2011.

The students are all Year 10, which is their last year of junior school before moving to high school.

The Students were billeted with local families, so they got a chance to learn about our community and our families too got to learn about their culture and way of life. These exchanges are an incredible opportunity for both everyone involved and we hope they continue for years to come.