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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū, 

Tenei te mihi ki a tātou katoa, e hoki mai ana i raro te korowai o Te Rua Tekau ma Waru, ngā pou e toru, me te tohu o Te Kāpehu Whetū.  Nau mai, hoki mai ki te wāhanga tuarua….

And like that we are back for Term 2….

We All start tomorrow at Maumahara with a powhiri for new ākonga, whanau and staff.

  • Current ākonga to arrive by 9am at Maumahara (46 Herekino St)
  • New ākonga, whanau and staff to arrive at 9.30 and wait at the tree by the gate.

Not all had a chance to rest.  A number of staff spent Week 1 holidays, working on new learning approaches, getting rooms ready and sorting programmes for Term 2.  Thank you!

Then there were the Academy staff who spent most of week 1 prepping for the Academy programme and ANZAC Day in Week 2.  Kia ora Staff Louis for leading the process for us.

And then Matua Rua who was in and out sorting details and plans for our Kai Iwi Lakes team.

I was saying to Whaea Petina today, that success comes down to staff who won’t accept ‘mediocrity’ as the norm….we are fortunate that we have staff who go all out for our tamariki and ākonga, putting huge effort, personal time and aroha into their mahi…..ngā mihi!!!

Lastly, I wish to acknowledge the passing of Chief Luke’s wife and the mother of Caleb, Killarney and Anahera, all three have been part of either our Academy or Kura.  A roopu from Academy and TKW will attend her tangi on Tuesday.

E te whaea Kimberly, haere atu ra
Haere ki te kaihanga, haere i to moengaroa, kei reira mou te okioki
No reira moe mai, moe mai, moe mai ra.


Nāku Na,
Whaea Rae

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Promotion Course

Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th May saw the current ACAD cadets immersed in a first rate promotion course.

The purpose of the promotion course was for the cadets to gain better understanding around the role of the ACADEMY in terms of the legacy of the Māori Battalion, with TKW and as part of their life and future. The cadets learnt about the different ranks, the ranking system and the criteria required to achieve their future ranks. They also prepped for ANZAC Day, the Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon (where they performed outstandingly!) and the upcoming haerenga to Italy in May.

On Monday, once settled at Tauwhara Marae the Academy headed to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to lay the crosses for the Field of Remembrance. Over the last few years ACAD have been privileged with this task to erect a cross for every Māori Battalion Soldier who died during World War 2. This was performed with precision, honour, and respect.

The Cadets spent Tuesday working towards their next rank under the three pou, Kia Māori, Kai Mātau, Kia Tū Rangatira Ai. In the evening they hosted Academy Old Boys for dinner with the Old Boys sharing korero about their time in ACAD and how it has helped them in life well past leaving high school. It was an excellent evening of whakawhanaungatanga and we hope to have more occasions where current and ex cadets get together.

Wednesday saw the ranking assessments under the three pou as well as RFL testing and the NCO’s gained understanding of the levels of drill commands. Staff Louis was greatly impressed with all cadets as they all passed all aspects of the RFL and completed the 2.4 run in 12 minutes or under.

Wednesday Evening

The cadets marched out at Maumahara on Wednesday 24th. Acknowledgement of the mahi over the last 3 days was had, ranking presentations and acknowledgement of top cadets from the course.

Jahris Hoori – Cadet to Lance Corporal
Jerome Paki – Cadet to Lance Corporal
Julius Tipene – Cadet to Lance Corporal
Tyreece Tuhiwai-Wharepapa – Lance Corporal to Corporal
Kahuroa Hohipa – Lance Corporal to Corporal

Corporals Manawa Armstrong, Kruize Cooper-Brown, Taaku Tai Jackson, Sandreus Shortland were also promoted to Temporary Sergeant and will continue their training in Italy and throughout the year.

Top cadets for the April 2024 Promotional Course

Kia Māori – Kahuroa Hohipa

Kia Mātau – Taihoronukurangi Porter-Lloyd

Kia Tū Rangatiria Ai – Kruize Cooper-Brown

Overall Top Cadet – Tyrecce Tuhiwai-Wharepapa

The 24th April also marked the 1st year anniversary of the Peter Clarke Intake and this was commemorated with the unveiling of his photo in Maumahara with his whanau.

Anzac Day

Tauwhara – Dawn Service 5.00am

Motatau – 10.00am

Waitangi – Dusk Service 5.00pm


Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon – Success

Our kura excelled at the Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon on April 27th, with 5 teams competing across various categories. We secured first place in the ‘try a tri’ division in all three team categories – male, female, mixed.

In the winning team, Kahuroa and Locklynd showcased excptional teamwork. Kahuroa’s remarkable performance stood out as he not only completed the bike leg but also conquered the run leg with determination. Locklynd kicked off the race with an impressive start in the swim, setting the pace for their victory.

Our female teams also excelled, with TKW 2 emering as first-place team winners. Their success was evident from the strong swim performance by Taimana, followed by Petina’s impressive cycle leg where I saw here absolutely flying into the transition area, and finally, Amelia’s sprint finish, securing the win for their team.

In the mixed team category, TKW 5 pulled together, emerging victorious as the first place winners in the mixed category. Myself as a last minute entrant, managed to not drown on the swim leg. Kamala made up time on the cycle leg, and our veteran triathlete Kruize finished by sprinting out of transition like he’d just stolen something and returned to cross the finish line at the same speed, notching up a first palce at Kai Iwi, something he vowed to do since missing out on a victory last year.

Meanwhile Tyrecce from TKW 1 demostrated incredible endurance by taking on both the cycle and the run leg. starting with a brilliant swim, Civier paved the way for Tyrecce’s outstanding effort, resulting in a well deserved achievement for their team.

A special mention for Craeza, Tia, and Atareiti’s team , the youngest team to compete( 2 of them only just turning 13 to be allowed to compete), who also performed exceptionally well. Their dedication and effort contributed to the overall success of the event.

It was an unforgettable experience, supported wholeheartedly by whanau, providing our akonga with strength and resilience for the future. Special mentions to all teams for their exceptional efforts, epsecially to debutants Craeza, Atareiti, Kamala, and Petina. A big thank you to my daughter Caprice for her unwavering assistance throughout the day.

A huge mihi from me to our dedicated supporting teachers, with Whaea Brenda for her organisational efforts and guidance with cyclists, Whaea Karen for her swim coaching and support of our athletes on the day, and Whaea Petina for her invaluable leadership, support and awhi of our competitors. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Whaea Raewyn for her unwavering dedication and support in promotng and championing the triathlon emphasis at our kura. Her leadership and encouragement have been instrumental in fostering a culture of perserverance and resilience in our students.

Next uo – Iron Maori Tamaki, end of Term 3

Mauri ora,

Na Matua Rua


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We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.

To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be

An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.

Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know

Encouraging innovation, inquiry, the development of specialised knowledge and skills.

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do

Development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana.


Raewyn Tipene 

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