The Laying of Mauri Stone at Kristin School, a very special ceremony has been held with Kereama Nathan, the Kaumatua and cultural advisor from Te Herenga Waka O Orewa (the Marae that Kristin has links with in Silverdale) to bless the ground before the construction of the new Junior School Administration and Welcome Centre begins.
The ceremony consisted of the blessing and burial of a special foundation stone – the Mauri Stone. Kristin Senior School Outdoor Education students carefully selected a granite stone from the Mount Albert quarry, to symbolise strength and longevity.
The Mauri Stone is considered to be a symbolic spiritual foundation stone on which a new building will stand. It is representative of the past history of the land and the life force or the essence of not only the building but also the important work that will be conducted there in the future. The stones are used by Māori to protect people and places and to prepare them to receive mana.