Te Ao Maaori at Te Kauwhata College

Ko Tararua te Maunga

Ko Punahau te awa

Ko Kurahaupo te Waka

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Ko Ngai te Ao toku hapuu

Ko Kawiu toku Marae

Ko Whatongo te tangata

Ko Sera Henare tooku ingoa.

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Ko Maungataniwha toko maunga
Ko Waitangi toko awa
Ko Ngatokimatoawharoa toko waka
Ko Ngapuhi toko iwi
Ko Jake Toko ingoa.

Ko Taupiri me Pirongia ngaa Maunga
Ko Waikato me Waipa ngaa Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Pootatau Te Wherowhero te tangata
Ko Ngaati Mahuta me Ngaati Maahanga ngaa Hapuu
Ko ngaa marae maha o Waikato
Ko Kuia Nepe tooku ingoa

KAITIAKI HAUORA

This is a dual role that has a male kaiako and a female kaiako. Available to any aakonga Maaori. We work alongside whaanau and our rangatahi by utilising Kaupapa Maaori philosophies.

TE PUAAWAI MAAORI MENTORING

At Te Kura tuarua o Te Kauwhata we have Te Puaawai, our Maaori mentor group that supports all learners to engage in Te Ao Maaori practices. We have four different groups that are determined by each learners positioning in terms of Te Reo Maaori me oona tikanga. Most students self identify where they are placed and we work with them to strengthen their connection to self, whaanau, culture, land and whakapapa. We meet daily from 8.35 to 8.50. Every Monday our tuakana and teina combine for karakia, Pai Maarire and waiata.

 

At Te Kura tuarua o Te Kauwhata we have Te Puaawai, our Maaori mentor group that supports all learners to engage in Te Ao Maaori practices. We have four different groups that are determined by each learners positioning in terms of Te Reo Maaori me oona tikanga. Most students self identify where they are placed and we work with them to strengthen their connection to self, whaanau, culture, land and whakapapa. We meet daily from 8.35 to 8.50. Every Monday our tuakana and teina combine for karakia, Pai Maarire and waiata. 

 

Our roopu has the following mentor groups 

He kaakano (seedling) run by Maatua Jake Kerr. 

Kia Tupu (to grow) run by Whaea Susan Pomate

Kia hua (to sustain) run by Whaea Sera Henare for NCEA level 1, 2 and 3

Kia Puaawai (to flourish) run by Whaea Kuia Nepe for fluent Maaori speakers 

These are dervied from two whakatauki; 

Our first whakatauki is E kore au e ngaro, he kaakano i ruia mai i Rangiaatea, ‘I shall never be lost, I am a seed sown from Rangiātea. (The metaphorical “seed” represents growth, development, and self-realization).

Our second whakatauaki is, “Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai” (Princess Te Puea Heerangi). 

Our mentoring process begins with our teina and follows our students right through until their senior years. This approach allows us to build robust relationships with our learners and whaanau.

Frequently asked questions

How can my tamariki join?

Any tamariki can talk to any one of the Maaori mentor teachers. Or alternatively, you can contact Whaea Sera and Matua Jake (Kaitiaki Hauora).

Do I have to be Maaori?

Kaao, no. We are open to all students. Nau mai, haere mai.

Do you have to sing?

Not all of us can sing. But we can all benefit from learning our history and whakapapa through waiata, haka, pao etc. Our ancestors shared maatauranga (knowledge) through oral traditions so we continue to keep these traditions alive.

Do you have to be able to koorero Maaori?

Kaao, but we expect our tamariki to be dedicated to improving their Te Reo Maaori me oona tikanga.