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 Māori people, especially children, both educationally and spiritually. (See below)
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. 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.