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“Hari ra ngā māmā katoa”

To the backbone of most whanau….we wish all our māmā a beautiful day 

Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū…..

Again, we had a full week of action an activity. From

  • Visits to Waitangi to reinforce our learning of Te Tiriti,
  • To learning about “Recycle, Restore, Reuse”,
  • To Paerangi representing our Ngāti Kahu O Torongare hapu at the closing statements of the MACA Claims
  • Through to our fantastic Whanau hui Tuesday evening

What a privilege it is to be part of this Kura!!!….and its only Week 2 or is it 3?

This week The Leadership Academy of A Company leave on Tuesday morning to take part in the 80th Commemorations of the Battle of Cassino.  This is the third time the Academy have travelled to Italy and the second time to Crete.  Uncle Pita Tipene will be part of the roopu this year. His father and uncle both fought in Crete and were captured.  At the Whanau hui we acknowledged Uncle Pita for all the support he has given the Academy over the years in his many roles, including as chair of the Waitangi Trust which saw Te Rau Aroha built and the Academy taking a central role in many events.  We all wish our boys, staff and Uncle Pita safe travels and an amazing experience and we will see you back here in Whangarei for your whakatau on the 28th May.

Na Whaea Rae


He ao, he ao, he pō, he pō
Kōrihi te manu, tākiri mai te ata
Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea
Tihei wā Mauriora!

Kia whiti atu rā te nohotahi ki te tuakana ki roto i te whakaaro ki te teina. Nei rā te mihi ki te whakaaro rangatira, te waiaro whakaitio te tuakana ki ngā teina. Tau ke!



Whats been happening this week?

Wiki Tuarua

E mihi ana ki a koutou e te whanau. We have had another busy and productive week across all three of our tuakana whare. Starting off the week with a haerenga to Waitangi for Paetata and Paetawhiti and finishing off a long day with a very successful Hui ā Whānau held in Maumahara. Thank you to all those who were able to make it and also to all of our Te Kāpehu Whetū ākonga who showcased a wonderful display of kapa haka.

Tēnā tatou e te whanau – Week 1 has started and we have a few whare changes for our tauira tuakana. We have moved buildings to better accommodate the number of stidents in each whare.

Tuakana Sports

Interball and Secondary Schools Poitukohu kicked off this week for Term 2. TKW played against some tough teams but showed resilience and determination. A big mihi to all that showed up to represent our kura in each grade, especially our senior kotiro team that showed strength and commitment. Poitukohu will be played every Thursday this term between 4pm and 9pm. Please make sure to get your tamaiti to and from basketball at Kensington each week. The draw will be sent out on the Wednesday. Fees are $25 a term, so if you played last term your fees are overdue.


  • Aims games – Paetata will have another hui regarding Aims games 2024
  • Pānui reminder will be sent out week 3 for next hui and progression updates, we need as much whanau support with these hui so everyone is on the same page



Kia ora e te whanau,

Thank you to all who came to our TKW Whanau hui on Tuesday, having Maumahara packed with past and present whanau and students was a heart warming indication we are moving in the right direction, together.

Earlier that day on Tuesday, Paerangi akonga represented at the Maori Land court at the final hearings for the MACA claims (Marine and Coastal Area) for the inner Whangarei Habour. Paerangi were outstanding in their demeanour and the way they represented Te Kāpehu Whetū.

Tamariki Makaurau Regional Kapa Haka

Pouwhakahaere Paerangi, Matua Ropata, took the stage with Ngā Tūmanako on Saturday. A crowd favourite, with a commanding presence and mana they performed outstandingly, like true champions. Matua Ropata was part of the roopu who took out Te Matatini in 2019 and got to represent Aotearoa and Kapa Haka around the world. It was clear from the performance that Matua Ropata is still in his element performance Kapa Haka on a large stage. Koe tonu a runga!

Leadership Academy of A Company

On Tuesday 14th May our ACAD boys and staff are heading off to Italy and Greece for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino and to the site of the Battle of Crete, two campaigns the 28 Māori Battalion were a crucial part of.

At least 17 A Company soldiers lost their lives during The Battle of Crete, 20th May 1941- 1st June 1941 and many more were injured and/or made prisoners of war. One of those who lost their life was Captain Harding Leaf, our 2013 Intake namesake. His body has still not been recovered.

Of all the battles involving the 28 Māori Battalion, none were more brutal or costly than the Battle of Monte Cassino in early 1944. The railway station was a significant target, destroying the axis method of transportation would help the allies campaign significantly. On the night of 17/18 February 1944 the Māori Battalion successful attacked the railway station being the only NZ Battalion able to cross the flooded Rapido River, but the supporting tanks were unable to get through, so they were forced to withdraw. A and B Companies suffered major loses with over 120 of the 200 men killed, wounded or captured. (8 A Company soldiers lost their lives)

Although our boys know these stories, the knowledge, depth of understanding of the sacrifices, the importance of the 28 Māori Battalion, their mana, strength and courage, and the importance of honouring their legacy will be truly understood and engrained by standing where their tupuna stood.

We wish them all the best on this important haerenga. Represent the 28 and A Company with pride and honour.

“Give me a Maori Battalion and I will conquer the world.”
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the famous Commander of the German Afrika Korps


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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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