Whangarei based He Puna Marama Trust was established in 1997 with a mission “to provide outstanding education to students and whanau seeking bilingual education”.

The Trust’s core services have been in early childhood education and more recently the secondary sector. As the Trust expands it is committed to linking up its educational entities into a comprehensive whole, providing emergent education from babies (pepi) through to secondary (tai tama tane me tai tama wahine).

E kore ahau e ngaro, he kakano i ruia mai i Rangiatea

Vision Statement

Prosperous Whanau

  • To live as Māori
  • To actively participate as citizens of the world
  • To enjoy good health and high standard of living


To create opportunities for whanau to develop, prosper and be empowered.

Guiding Principles

  • Whakapapa
    Is the foundation of the Māori world view, linking us to everything and everybody.  It grounds us and gives us a place in the scheme of things.
  • Whānaungatanga
    Kinship underpins our organisation and is part and parcel of who we are as Māori.  It is about being part of a larger collective, whānau whānui, contributing, receiving, supporting and where necessary taking responsibility.
  • Manaakitanga
    Impart manaaki or ‘mana enhancing’ behaviour towards each other in the whānau whānui and with external relationships and contacts.
  • Rangatiratanga
    Demonstrate rangatira attributes of integrity, courage, respect, loyalty, confidence, honesty, self discipline, commitment, focus, generosity of spirit and dedication in all we do.
  • Wairuatanga
    Provide sustenance to one another, understanding and believing that there is a spiritual element that needs nurturing in addition to the physical.
  • Ūkaipōtanga
    The importance of place, where we belong, where we can contribute, where we gain our strength, gain our energy.
  • Kotahitanga
    Maintaining unity of purpose and direction, a commitment of  oneness of mind and action towards achieving the vision.