Tū ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tihewa mauri ora. Tēna tātou e te whānau, tuatahi, me mihi ki tō tātou matua nui i te rangi, nāna nei ngā mea katoa. Tuarua, ki ngā mate hohua o te wā, haere. Haere ki pae maumahara, haere ki te kainga tūturu mō tāua te tangata. Mate atu he tete kura, ko rātou tēna i okioki ai. Ara ake he tete kura, ka hoki tēnei ki ngā kanohi ora, koutou rā e te whānau, tēna koutou.

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Key Dates for April

  • Mon, Apr 25: Anzac Day
  • Thu, Apr 26: Taratahi Holiday Programme (till Apr 29)
  • Mon, May 2: Kura starts back
  • Thu, May 5: Paetawhiti Whānau Hui
  • May 11-13:   Hui whakapiki for Paerangi

Mamae Aroha


Papa Hone Mita

E rere e te kōtuku rerengatahi. Kua whakawhiti koe ki te whatiwhati kōrero ki te huihuinga wairua.

Ko koe tēnei e Hone, kua momotu atu i tēnei ao ki tua o te arai. E Hone, e rere i te rere ka horekau nei i hokia.

Haere atu ki ngā rangatira i takahia te ara ki te whare tapu o tō tātou Matua Nui I Te Rangi. E Hone, haere, haere, haere atu i runga i te rangimarie, taukiri e te mamae.






Cassino Group Picture 1

The Leadership Academy in Italy in 2014.

The Leadership Academy of A Company

The 28th Māori Battalion was part of the 2nd New Zealand Division, the fighting arm of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) during the Second World War. It was a frontline infantry unit made up entirely of volunteers, and contained 700-750 men divided into five companies.
Like the other infantry battalions, the Māori Battalion was divided into five companies: four rifle companies of about 125 men each and a headquarters (HQ) of around 200 men.

Each company was commanded by a major or captain. The Battalion’s four rifle companies (named A, B, C and D) were organised along tribal lines, while HQ Company drew its personnel from all over Māoridom.
The main body of the Māori Battalion left New Zealand as part of 2NZEF’s 2nd Echelon in May 1940. The last Māori recruits to see action, part of 2NZEF’s 14th reinforcements, arrived in Italy in April 1945.

In 2006, He Puna Marama Trust applied to a one-off fund set up by ASB Community Trust, to address Maori educational under achievement.

In 2007, the Ministry of Education found that 81% of Maori boys failed NCEA Level 1. In 2010, The Leadership Academy of A Company was formally established.

Its purpose: to build a culture of educational and lifelong success for our boys and was championed and blessed by the lasts remaining vets of 28 Maori Battalion A Company,  Matua Sol Te Whata and Matua Charlie Petera.


In the lead up to Anzac Day as the sun sets boys from the Academy join representatives from the Defence Forces and RSA to lower the ensigns, read the ode in English and Māori and play the Last Post. Cadet Te Rangi Munro is pictured on duty on Wednesday night.

The kaupapa of the Academy draws strength and direction from its links to the 28 Māori Battalion, in particular their legacy of honour, courage, resourcefulness, hard work, pride and commitment.

Following in the footsteps of the 28th Māori Battalion, the Academy instils a military ethos that emphasises a sense of purpose, discipline, routine, personal responsibility, leadership training and strong, supportive relationships.

In 2014, our kura hourua, Te Kāpehu Whetu opened.  The Leadership Academy was both the catalyst for this and became the male leadership strand in the kura with ākonga able to progress through to become cadets.  The boys are with us for a long time and what we have to teach them cannot be learnt overnight. It’s a slow burn process of learning. We’ve learnt to be patient and, in the process, have become more strategic in our outlook and in our interventions.

The Academy’s vision is Tū ki te marae; Tū ki te o – Stand on the marae; stand in the world. We want our boys to see the Academy as a place to stand tall and be encouraged to do things they never imagined they could do.

Kura Starts Back May 2

Kura starts back on May 2.
Ākonga are expected to arrive in full uniform by 8:45am ready for the start of a new term.

Hui Whakapiki Term 2

Hui whakapiki for Paerangi ākonga (Years 11-13) will be held on the second week of term 2 from May 11 -13.

The Kura is trialling an online booking system for whānau to use. To make a booking go to www.parentinterviews.co.nz:

1. Enter the event code: 69YSX
2. Enter your details
3. Select your tamaiti’s mentor (a list of mentors and the ākonga they are mentoring is attached to the pānui)
4. Book a date and time slot.

Tamahine Leadership Programme Touted

The Kura will support applications to the Tamahine leadership programme, Urutapu.

The purpose of Urutapu is to inspire, educate, empower and enable Tamahine through meaningful leadership.

Tamahine who participate in the program will be supported to identify their purpose gifts talents and passion. This will then be followed up by creating a 24 month self-development plan that aligns with girl’s aspirations.

It’s a free two-year program that the girls must be committed to completing, and is run as a series of quarterly noho mare and monthly workdays, which means that it will not interfere with school work or study.

Go online to www.urutapu.com to apply.

Early Payments Encouraged

Whānau are being encouraged to take advantage of the early payments system for fees, like NCEA.

Administrator Kaylem Corkery said NCEA fees of $76.70 can start being paid to the Kura now, even though they’re not due till September 14.

“Whānau can start making weekly contributions at $5-10 per week, or whatever they can afford,” she said.

The early payments system can be applied broadly across a number of Kura-related costs like sports trips and stationery.

“Even though we don’t charge school fees like most kura, there is still a cost for things like trips and stationery that whānau need to bear,”

All late payments for NCEA incur a $50 late fee (applied by NZQA)

Whānau can apply to NZQA for financial assistance if they earn below the following (before tax):

Family of 2 $49,447

Family of 3 $59,743

Family of 4 $67,932

Family of 5 $75,952

Family of 6 $84,915

Financial assistance reduces their fees to $20 per ākonga; $15 per ākonga for whānau with 2+ sitting NCEA this year.
More information is available on the NZQA website

Photo Highlights from Term One