Te Kōhanga Reo established the new alumni foundation ‘He Manu Pīrere nō Te Kōhanga Reo’ as a future framework for sustained engagement between, and greater opportunities for graduates of Te Kōhanga Reo and their Whānau.

The term Pīrere is a literal translation for birds who leave or have already left their respective nest, which in this case refers to graduates of Kōhanga Reo ‘language nest’. The second part of the name, ‘nō te Kōhanga Reo’ seeks to reaffirm the place from which these graduates took flight, the Kōhanga Reo that nurtured them, and as a means to encourage continued involvement with the Kaupapa itself.

He Manu Pīrere was launched in November 2017 in Hamilton during the ‘Nōku te reo, Nōku te ao’ Expo. It is part of the innovative framework acknowledging the many graduates of Kaupapa through the new Alumni foundation and the revised scholarships distribution programme.

No reira e ngā Manu Pīrere nō Te Kōhanga Reo, nau mai, hoki mai ki te Kaupapa.

Benefits to Alumni Members
Kōhanga graduates that subscribe to He Manu Pīrere will be entitled to exclusive member only benefits. These include:

1. Scholarships – Annual scholarships will be available to He Manu Pīrere members who, in the first instance, meet the list of standard criteria;

2. Projects of Interest – He Manu Pīrere will provide more opportunities for Te Kōhanga Reo to promote its activity, enabling members to engage in and contribute to projects of interest;

3. Whānau Card – We invite all registered members of He Manu Pīrere to complete an application to the Te Kōhanga Reo whānau card, which provides discounts on selected items, from a wide range of suppliers.

Applications for Scholarships will open next year 2020.