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Teachers Day Only – Day 1

Te Rerenga Walker Pōwhiri, Te Kura o Waikare

What an exhilarating beginning to the year for Te Kāpehu Whetū! On TDO day 1, the staff journeyed to Waikare to extend their support to Te Rerenga Walker as she assumes her new position as Tūmuaki ki Te Kura o Waikare. Nestled in the heart of Northland, Te Kura o Waikare, a true hidden gem, opened its doors to new students and its new leader, and we were privileged to be a part of it. It was imperative for TKW, considering Te Rerenga past roles as Pouhere of Paenuku and Kaiwhakahaere, to stand by her in this transition, honouring her years of dedication to the TKW cause. TKW extends its warmest wishes to Te Rerenga and her family as she embarks on this new journey.

Teachers Day Only- Day 2

Staff meet and greet kaiako hou, worked as a whare on our overarching kaupapa, to set the scene for 2024. What a wonderful start to our new year as we reset.

Poitukohu Rotorua 2024

Celebrating the success of our tamariki over the summer break! Te Kāpehu Whetū students proudly represented Ngapuhi/Tai Tokerau in basketball, Poitūkohu, and touch. Among our TKW students, Petina Randell showcased her skills in the u15s category for Ngāpuhi, with the team finishing 3rd in their pool and 5th overall, despite facing setbacks during the tournament. In the U13’s category, Kowhai, Raiha, Julie, and Ahuareka also demonstrated outstanding performance, securing 3rd place in their pool and finishing 6th overall. Congratulations to all TKW students on their achievements – we are incredibly proud of each one of you!


Term 1 2024 started for senior ākonga with a haerenga ki Sir Hek Busby Waka Centre, ki Taipa, hosted by matua John Panoho and his team, Ricky Lee, Jay, Moko and others, impressive manaakitangata was truly a welcomed space at Sir Hek Busby Waka Centre.

TKW seniors overnight stay was to enable our ȃkonga to take advantage of an opportunity to listen about Wayfinding and Te Kāpehu Whetū (Compass) while late night star gazing under a clear sky, our learning was like a tiny drop of water in the ocean about waka navigation. It was amazing…

Day 2 saw an early morning raise for us, the programme was to exercise, and no better way to start the day by playing touch and then matua John gave them a kōrero on kaitiakitanga before breakfast.

Although the highlight by far was enabling ākonga and kaiako being drilled on how to utilise a paddle on the waka Te Rangatahi, stop, starting, left turn and right turn, and reversing of a Waka Hourua (Double Hull waka) were the drills before having a bit of a paddle on the roto, great opportunity.


Final Notice for Paerangi from whaea Brenda  

Paerangi course selection Monday 5th Feb All Paerangi ȃkonga need to come in for about an hour to discuss their individual plans and subject choices for 2024. They will be reflecting on their 2023 school year and their NCEA results and forming strategies and goals under each Pou to help them strive forward with purpose. Ākonga can arrive any time between 9-12 and do not need to wear kura uniform.

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, and the development of specialised knowledge and skills.

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do

  • The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana.


“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”

If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.


As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

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