17 November 2013


Hope of Tarakea will soon be offering the opportunity to support the orphans by way of individual child sponsorship. The sponsorship will cover the costs of the child's education, including school fees, uniforms and stationery.This has been done in a general form in the past, by way of fundraising and donations. We will still gratefully accept one off contributions and donations for those who choose to contribute this way.  Fr Msafiri and his support workers will assess those in greatest need of assistance. It would be of great benefit to be able to sponsor the child throughout their entire schooling. However, this won't be compulsory as we understand that circumstances change and it may not be possible for everyone to do so.

There are approximately 300 orphans in Tarakea with only 50 having their education costs met by donated funds. Hope of Tarakea is providing assistance to 34 of those 50 children. It would be wonderful if every orphan received support throughout their education journey. 

10 October 2013


A small group visited Tarakea in August 2013 and were pleased to see the library is now being well utilised by the students and teachers of St Pius X primary school. The books have all been catalogued and an inventory has been compiled. Extra shelving has been added to house more than 4000 books. The students in the upper primary classes are able to borrow books for a period of 3 days. On each occasion they must fill out a library card and their borrowing is recorded in a book.

 Library Card and Borrowing Book
 Librarian's Desk
 Library Extensions
 Extra Shelving
 Working Hard on Library Extension
A reading room is now under construction, so as the library can be made available to the wider community of Tarakea.

12 October 2011

11 August 2011


A shipping container full of donated educational supplies was sent to Tanzania earlier this year. The container finally arrived in Tarakea in early May. The contents included a large quantity of books, along with stationery, computers, clothing, school desks, chairs and other resources.

Recently, a small group of parishioners travelled to Tarakea with Fr Rogasian with the aim to set up a library for the school of St Pius X.  Within a few days the container was emptied and a library, computer room and teachers’ resource room was established, with much willing and enthusiastic help from the locals. Both the teachers and students were extremely grateful, shown by their gratitude and the obvious delight in their faces.

Whilst there we were told that this was the first and only library in the district. Because of this, the school aims to open the library on weekends, so all people within the village can utilise the resources.

It is our intention to continue to work to assist and support the education of the orphans in Tarakea – i.e  Fighting poverty through education.

Movie Night Update

The recent Narnia movie night was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came along and showed their support. Our appreciation also to the Siemiginowski family and Orana Cinemas for their cooperation and support. Proceeds from ticket sales, donations and sale of Hans Fleck's coffee table amounted to just over $2000. A wonderful outcome for the orphans of Fr Rogasian's home parish in Tarakea.

25 November 2010


Hope of Tarakea

Presents - A night at the movies

The Chronicles of Narnia:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Rated PG

Thursday December 9th 2010

Commencing 5pm with refreshments - Movie 6pm

At Orana Cinemas

Tickets at $20 adults and $15 children 16yrs and under

Tickets sold at Catholic Parish Office - Aberdeen Street

and available on the night


16 November 2010


The current project for Hope of Tarakea is to send a container of good quality second-hand books and computers to Tanzania. We are aiming to help establish a library for the school of St Pius X in Tarakea. Currently, the school has no texts or library books and limited resources. The books we would like to collect include:

  • Reference Books - Encyclopaedia Sets, Atlases
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Fiction Books - Suitable for Primary and Secondary age children

We are also asking for donations of computers and educational software which are in good working order. As educational supplies are not subject to import tax, items such as stationery or even sporting equipment would be greatly received.