The day was celebrated on 18 April and the theme this year was 'The Heritage of Education'. This was something which the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) felt that the Matakana Island community in the Bay of Plenty had a lot to celebrate. Te Kotukutuku School House on the island is one of the few surviving pre 1900 Native school houses in NZ. The building has been recently registered as a Historic Place Category 1 and was built on land donated by local iwi.
|Ref: 4-448, Military Cemetery in Tauranga with Matakana Island (on left) and the Mount (right) in the background, 1860s, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
The building is no longer a school but the community hope to turn it into a store for archives and historical information relating to the school, local area and people.
|Ref: 36-P68, Bowentown Bay and Pa Hill, with Matakana Island in background (on right), 1944, Sir George Grey Special Collections|