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We aim to provide cultural and spiritual programmes that meet the needs of our students and community, leading to improved cultural outcomes and positive kapa haka opportunities.

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Kapa Haka

Curriculum

Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa O Pātetere believe in exposing our students to high quality kapa haka. Māori Performing Arts is built in to the curriculum at kura and senior students can gain credits towards NCEA for participating in kapa haka. 

Performance groups

 Many of our students and whānau are passionate about kapa haka. We are dedicated to creating and tutoring competition standard kapa haka programmes. We believe everybody should be able to stand and perform at any level they strive for. 

 

 We now have three competition teams; a Wharekura team (Y9-13), a Kura Waenga team (Y5-Y8) and a Kura Teina team (Y1-4) as well as various ngahau groups. Competition groups compete at the Tainui waka secondary school competition,  Tainui waka primary school competition and the Hauraki festival. Ngahau groups perform at South Waikato cultural festival, kura events and many other events around the rohe.

Recent Honours

2019 Tainui Waka Secondary Schools Kapa Haka 

Wharekura - 4th Overall (Qualifies for Nationals 2020) 

3rd Poi, 1st Haka, 1st Whakawātea, 3rd Mōteatea, 2nd Whakaeke

2018 Tainui Waka Primary Schools Kapa Haka

Kura Waenga - 3rd Overall (Qualifies for Nationals 2019)

Kura Teina - 3rd Waiata Tira

Pipipaopao - 1st Moteatea & winners of Hūmārie Award

2018 Hauraki Festival

Wharekura - 1st Overall

KURA TEINA

KURA WAENGA

WHAREKURA

 

Manu Kōrero

Every year students prepare and deliver speeches at school, wether its in class, for NCEA credits or to try and qualify for the regional competition. Public speaking is an essential life skill and in recent years participation in Manu Kōrero has been at almost 100%. 

Students prepare and deliver speeches in class and later a formal Manu Kōrero event is held to showcase the best orators in the school and decide who will go on to represent our school at the regional competition. 

Manu Kōrero a-Kura 2019 winners:

Tau 1 - Rayden Afioga

Tau 3 - Peyton Morris-Moeke

Tau 4 - Justys Ogle-Tera

Tau 5 - Kohatu Morrison

 

Tau 6 - Angel Marsh-Wilkinson

Tau 7 - Fresia Koia

Tau 8 - HIneora Kingi

Recent Honours

2018 Tainui Manu Kōrero participants:

Hamiora Katene - Junior English 

Tamatea Ngāpo-Lipscombe - Junior Maori 

Te Kawa Paora - Senior English

Kauri Tepana - Senior Maori 

Kauri 1st impromptu speech, Te Kawa 3rd equal impromptu speech

2017 Tainui Manu Kōrero participants:

Xavan Preston

Kauri Tepana

Tamatea Ngāpo-Lipscombe

Maia Armstrong

 

Te Whakataetae-a-whare


The kura has established a house competition to foster team spirit and friendly competition between students. The four Whare (houses) are;

  • Mahitahi 

  • Manaaki 

  • Tautoko

  • Pono

All students are placed in to a Whare when they enrol and will remain in that Whare for the remainder of their schooling. Senior students can also apply and be nominated for the honour of Kaitiaki Whare (House Leader). 

Whare compete in 7 different events throughout the year for the Hawkins House Trophy (donated by Hawkins construction Ltd. who built the new kura). A brief description of the events follow.  

Manu kōrero, Swimming, Cross country & Athletics competitions: Incorporating the house competition with these school events encourages participation and friendly competition in an energetic and supportive environment. House points are gained for participation and placings. 

 

Cooking: This takes form as the annual Kura KaiFest which sees students put their abilities in the kitchen or garden to the test. Many different food & entertainment stalls are set up to provide a great day for the kura whanau and community. 

 

Music & Art: These competitions take the form of the annual Kura Arts & Cultural day. All students submit an artwork for display, and musical performances will take place throughout the day. There is also a special guest, last year we had a tā moko artist come in.

 

Raukawatanga

We aim to develop a localised curriculum that is inclusive of our designated character.

We are dedicated to promoting and developing social and cultural environments, and economic advancement of its people within its tribal region. This may include the attendance of students and/or staff at days of significance to our designated character e.g. Poukai, Koroneihana, Matatini, Raukawa history, Tangihana, Trust board activities, Te Reo celebrations including Manu Kōrero, openings, dedications etc. 

Ngā Kōrero Pūrākau (Click the headings to see the stories of our kura)