After careful consideration of your feedback to date, the Proprietor Board has decided that the name Peria Educare Incorporated fulfills it's criteria for a suitable new name of the Association. The Proprietor Board is considering recommending it at a meeting late November but in the mean time want to consult with you more about this matter.
The back story:
Of primary importance to the Proprietor Board is both the education and care that is provided to children and families. This is reflected in the word Educare, which is seen as a way of describing the provision of both educational and care services.
Along side this, the name “Peria” gives us something to both aspire to and be inspired by, and at the same time honours the work that God did 150 years ago among Maori people, especially children, both educationally and spiritually.
Peria was the name given by Wiremu Tamihana to a Pa that he established 150 years ago just South of Matamata, naming it after the town of Berea mentioned in the Bible in the book of Acts 17:10-11. The people of Berea, or Bereans, were notable for receiving God’s word with great eagerness and examining the Scriptures daily to check that what they were hearing was true. For this reason the writer of Acts called them “noble minded”.
Among other things, Peria was famous for a school and boarding house for up to 100 boys and girls where reading, writing and arithmetic was taught to a high standard and where Christian principles and Bible studies were embraced and put into practice.