Moerewa was built to be a service centre in for the mid north region for the primary industries of the 1960s and 70s e.g. Allied Farmers Freezing Company,(AFFCO) the BOI Dairy Company, the railways and associated businesses. The small rural town was regarded as a booming centre in its heyday however, through the late 1970's to 1980's there were huge economic changes leaving communities like Moerewa devastated.
In 2001 the Census there were 378 families living in Moerewa and a population of 1,662. 83% of the population in 2001 were Maori and 36% were under the age of 15 years. The median income of people in Moerewa was $12,000, compared with $18,500 for all of New Zealand. The unemployment rate in Moerewa in 2001 was 17.7 percent, compared with 7.5 percent nationally.
Since 2001 there has been significant community development initiated by a community trust to inject life into the local economy with the benefits of employment for local people, with consequent positive social spin offs.
The community’s success in changing the outlook of the town can be seen in the strong demand to the Ministry of Education during the network review for a different type of education for its young people, particularly for an education that was relevant for rangatahi Maori.
The community’s submission to the Ministry states, “The biggest risk that we see to this process, is that the Ministry is not courageous enough to make a significantly strong move into a different style of education for our children and our whanau”
Moerewa School is committed to meeting our community’s high expectations.
The tuna were selected to represent the wonderful town our school is in!
Blue was a colour from Otiria School, and Black was a colour from the old Moerewa School.
We have two tuna to represent the two schools that merged to make this Moerewa School. We asked that they be intertwined to show how our communities from both schools are now intertwined and working together.
‘Te Puna i Keteriki’ is the spring at Otiria. It has been chosen to go underneath the tuna as it is appropriate to the area our school is in. A local whakatauki tells of the baby eels, and their journey when returning from the sea to their rivers. Only by co-operating and working together can they successfully scale the waterfall, Tiria.
We felt this was an appropriate message for us, as we start a new journey together, as Moerewa School.