Rangiatea Methodist Maori Girls Hostel New Plymouth
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Rangiatea Methodist Maori Girls' Hostel opened in 1940 at Spotswood, New Plymouth. In the early years Rangiatea catered for up to 12 Māori girls on the Mission House site. In 1958 it relocated to South Road. At its peak the hostel housed up to 70 young women but was closed in 1977 due to falling roll numbers.
Although Rangiatea catered primarily for Māori students, it was also home away from home for young women from the Solomon and Ellice Islands, Rarotonga, Niue, and Fiji as well as a few Pākehā students. The students attended either New Plymouth Girls’ High or Spotswood College.
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I think this is the college my mum went to as a young teenage Maori girl. Her name was Wirihita (Esther) Munro. She was a prefect, it would’ve been around 1953 ish. But she had travelled down from TeTii in the far north and of course separated from whanau and her first langUaage, Te Reo Maori. This was very different and I know she missed speaking I. Her language. However, she Lso enjoyed the shanaungatanga at the hostel, and she was given a biible which I still have today. I cannot confirm the school as I’m travelling from my home at present but I do have all this information.
- Rowena Higginson posted 3 years ago.