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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū,

Last Week:

TKW Tuakana took part in the National School Strike 4 Climate march with other students from schools around Whangarei.  They wanted to show their concern about key issues affecting all of us including climate change, the inability for nations to stop the genocide in Gaza and of course the erosion of Te Tiriti…..I couldn’t be more proud of our ākonga, in the end it’s their futures and the futures of our mokopuna at stake.  They stood up and made their voice heard.  Outstanding reps!!

This Week:

Tuesday 12noon

TKW Tuakana will perform their bracket at Maumahara in front of Ngati Wai kaumatua/Kuia and whanau who can make it. This is also ‘Black Out Tuesday’ so all ākonga to wear black so that their Kura uniform doesn’t get paru and is clean and ironed for Wednesday.


Tai Tokerau Kapahaka Festival begins

 11am – TKW Tuakana, in full uniform, will travel through to Okaihau College

4.30pm – Their first performance in the marquee

5.00pm – Their second performance in the hall

TBC – TKW Teina (Paetata) in full uniform, will travel through as well to provide the haka tautoko for their tuakana.


A small group of representative ākonga will return for the 2nd day of Festival
Everyone else will have chill last day of term at Kura




Nāku Na,
Whaea Rae


Te Taumata Nui O Meremere

He miharo katoa ngā ihimanawa a Meremere ki te whakarite i te taumata i tenei wiki. Tū Whiti te Hopo!

Miharo rawa, i tā rātou kaha, ki te ako, ki te mau. Kia kaha tonu tamariki mā, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

E ako ana mātou i te Pangarau. E mohio ana mātou ki te rārangi nama me te kaha ki te tuhi i ngā tau katoa ki te 20.


Paetata me Paetawhiti

Te Kāpehu Whetū Hikoi

Te kāpehu Whetū, tuakana had the opportunity to take part in a peaceful protest through the city of Whangārei on Friday 5th April. This was an opportunity for our tauira to be part of Aotearoa history and lending their voices to important kaupapa in a stand of solidarity and unity.

Aotearoa is Rising

This protest was one of many that took place all over Aotearoa and lead by students from a variety of schools far and wide. To unite for climate and social justice, these students were not afraid to tackle some major issues not only happening here in Aotearoa but around the world.

Why are we Striking Today!!!

Rangatahi, who care deeply about Climate and Social Justice – Fighting for Papatūānuku – Toitū te Tiriti – Freedom in Palestine

We were proud to be joined by Te Pāti Kākāriki MP’s me ngā uri o Te Tai Tokerau, Marama Davidson and Huhana Lyndon, where they shared some insghts araound the importance of fighting for justice, equality and freedom.

Northtech Student for a day

Twice a year Northtech invite schools to engage in workshops offering Year 11, tudents the opportunity to experience their 12 and 13 students the opportunity to experience their purpose-built Future Trades Campus in Dyer Street. This gives them and invaluable hands-on experience of training and working in a trades-based career.

On Friday, some of the workshops our akonga were involved in were electrical engineering, automotive engineering, architectural technology and hospitality.

Northtech staff were impressed with our ākonga and they upheld the mana of our kura effortlessly. TKW is “welcome back anytime”



Nuku ana Māui
Nuku ana Matau
Waitā ki Tai
Waitā ki uta
Paenuku Hī, Paenuku Hā!

Waitā nui, Waitā roa, Waitā kaha, Waitā toa!!!
Mihi ana ki a Waitā me te kaha ki te tākoro, te tohatoha me te whai i ngā akoranga o te Poitūkohu, Ki te Pae ā nuku…me te whakarauora i ngā pukenga poitūkohu.

This week we did not have our normal games up at Kensington Stadium due to the stadium being unavailable. However, we were lucky enough to have the team from Tuakana Teina Kaiarahi Ltd come in to kura on Wednesday to work alongside our ākonga and deliver a basketball in schhols programme. It was a beautiful sunny day, all tamariki joined in and enjoyed the relay activities and finished the session with a fun game. Tamariki continue to grow in confidence and their skills and abilities are improving with each session.

Over the Easter weekend, we had Whaea Toni and three ākonga from Paetata and Paetawhiti go down to the annual Aotearoa Māori Netball tournament. Ahahera Aekins and Kowhai Wilson represented Te Tai Tokerau U13’s and Kamaia Ngapera-Tito represented Te Tai Tokerau U15’s. Whaea Toni wa the coach for the U13’s team. Both teams did well while away and all players should be proud of how they represented Te Tai Tokerau.


  • No games for Poitūkohu Wednesday 10th April
  • Fees are due for those in our teams
  • Waita and Nuku will train during school hours
  • Water bottles and playing shoes are a must
  • Send PE uniform to kura every day



Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon

Ākonga from Paetawhiti and Paerangu are gearing up to complete this year’s Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon. Once again we are competing in the “Try a Tri” category which requires a 100m swim, 9km cycle, and a 2km run.

The “Try a Tri” race targets novice athletes who want to try a triathlon but want to ease their way into it. The Kai Iwi Lakes is a fresh water lake making this an ideal swim for those who aren’t fans of the open ocean. For us, it;s a great warm up for the Iron Māori Triathlons in Tamaki and Napier later in the year.

Wednesday RFL testing caused a bit of a reshuffle in the running competitors with new talent emerging and competition for spots in the top teams are fierce. The teams will be announced next week.


Whare Hauora @ TKW

Energy Drinks

Unfortunately these have started trying to creep back into our tuakana space – Wai Māori is the ONLY drink allowed at kura.

Energy drinks have large amounts of caffeine in them. Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant drug that acts on the central nervous system, alters brain function, acts as a diuretic, and elevates blood pressure and metabolic rate. Adverse effects from caffeine include anxiety headaches, insomnia, irritation of the gastointestinal tract, nausea, and depression.

Many of these energy drinks also have guarana, taurine, ginseng, and / or l-carnitine in them. Despite the claims they can boost energy and mood, they also can come with side effects including heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches, seizures, anxiety, nervousness, upset stomach, shakiness.

Then there is the high sugar content. One small V can has approx 5 teaspoons of sugar, and one Monster (480ml) has a massive 12 teaspoons. Some of our ākonga are having one of these for breakfast!

Please encourage your tamariki to make wise choices when buying their own kai and drink. There is nothing in these drinks they need and the negative effects outwigh any taste they may enjoy.


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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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