Film crew to visit Rangiora with Chinese students

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Brand new . . . Rangiora New Life School principal Stephen Walters inspects the school's new kapa haka uniform, which will be worn for teh first time at a special powhiri in August for a group of Chinese students. Photo: David Hill

By DAVID HILL

A North Canterbury school is set to feature in a video to promote the region as a destination for Chinese students.

When students from a Chinese school visit Rangiora New Life School in August they will be accompanied by a film crew.

Principal Stephen Walters says the film crew will film the powhiri and “all the things the kids do and what happens in a Kiwi school from both a primary and secondary school perspective”.

The video will be used to promote Canterbury as a destination for Chinese students and Mr Walters says there are potential spin offs for all North Canterbury schools.

“In the past we’ve shared visiting groups with Oxford Area School and Kaiapoi High School, but to be fair a lot of groups come here because we are small and they want a small school experience.

“I spoke to a group of Chinese school principals at the start of this term as part of a delegation hosted by Enterprise North Canterbury and they all came from schools of more than 2500 students.

“For us, I think it’s really important that our children get the opportunity to spend time with children from other countries.”

Mr Walters says the powhiri for this Chinese student group will be an opportunity for the school’s kapa haka group to don its new uniform for the first time “so we are really excited about it”.

He says there will be an open invitation to the powhiri, with the Chinese consulate and the Waimakariri and Christchurch Mayors all being invited. In recent years Rangiora New Life School has hosted student groups from China, Japan, Germany and Taiwan on short term visits, as well as the international fee paying students who come for the full year.