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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū

This week will be spent finishing our academic work for Term 3, particularly NCEA for Paerangi PLUS ākonga continue to mahitahi and prepare for the 3 events in the following Matariki week.  Ākonga have been spending considerable time learning about Matariki and preparing for these.

Please come view, acknowledge and be part of this important journey with us:

  1. Tues 25th 5.30pmĀkonga Matariki Art Auction @ Maumahara
  • Ākonga art will be on display and available for sale.
  • Don’t miss out!!
  • Kai Stalls available


  1. Wed 26th 5.30pmWearable Arts Show @ Hihiaua
  • Ākonga have been designing wearable art outfits for their akomanga
  • An ākonga from each class will wear the art down the runway on Hihiaua deck
  • Whanau are asked to be seated by 5.30pm
  • Kai stalls available


  1. Thurs 27th 6.00amMatariki Hautapu @ Hihiaua
  • It is important that ākonga are at Hihiaua by 6am to be part of the karakia
  • Nine of our Ākonga will lead the Hautapu karakia
  • These karakia welcome each of Ngā Whetū of Matariki for this year
  • Hautapu is followed by kai for all, prepared by our Admins

Nau mai, haere mai!!!

Nau mai piki mai!!!

Kapahaka – prep for regionals has started for Paenuku and Paetata.  Regionals is in November Term 4.

A reminder: that Poitūkohu isn’t on this week as Kensington stadium is not available

Kia pai to wiki!

Ngā mihi

Whaea Rae



Kaupapa o tenei Wahanga

Wearable arts has been an exciting learning activity for Paenuku, it has allowed us to learn about sustainability and how to be mindful of our environment in collaboration with our overall kaupapa Toitu te taiao.

Kapahaka Antics

Our akonga here at Nuku have really enjoyed Kapahaka with whaea Hera, especially our teina mā who are always excited to participate and learn new waiata and actions.

Important Notices

We would like to kindly ask if parents would be able to updatetheir childrens medical details with whaea Sam please – Ngā mihi ki a koutou


Exposing the students to a variety of different sports has encouraged them to engage in other outdoor activities. With doing so we have fostered positive relationships, encouraged new opportunites, and developed our skillset in many areas of hakinakina and here at Paenuku, that’s what we are all about.

Mihi Motuhake

We would like to give a special acknowledgement to Te Koha-mauri and his team for their team efforts and successes in poitukohu. Nga mihi nui Matua Te Whata for coahing our team


Important Sports Dates

No Poitukohu next week

Rippa Rugby 25th June TBC



Whats been happening this week?

Wiki Tuawhitu

Tēnā tātou e te whānau, nau mai ano ki to mātou pūrongo mo te wiki tuawhitu nei.

Week 7 saw an abundance of activities happening in our whare. From kaupapa Matariki to digital technology, mahi toi, aims games training, kapa haka and much more.

Our akonga have been working diligently toward countdown to Matariki. There are final touches to be added, details to be perfected, and displays to be organised.

Our akonga are looking forward in being able to present their creative works in a manner that truly honours the significance of Matariki

Paetata Matariki Presentations

At the end of each week, ākonga in Paetata present their weekly Matariki Whetū inquiry. Each of the 9 stars of Matariki has been guiding the learning for this term, and this week has been focussed on Pōhutukawa.

Hunderwasser Arts

The whetū of Pōhutukawa was leading the learning for Paetata. Creations made at the Hunderwasser mahi toi workshops were based around how we can acknowledge Pōhutukawa through shadow boxing and puppeteering.

Kapa haka – Paenuku and Paetata

Combined kapa haka with Paenuku and Paetata ākonga has started in week 6 as they work towards gearing up for this years kapa haka regionals in November. Kapa haka will be a combined effort with pouako from our teina and tuakana kura navigating our waka.


Matariki Photographs

All students in our tuakana whare, Paetata, Paetawhiti, and Paerangi will have their photographs taken as part of our Matariki celebrations. They will be dressed up as how they see themselves as a Rangatira. These photographs will then be exhibited at Hihiaua Cultural Centre from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 June as a follow on from our Matariki celebration in week 9.

If you have a korowai, tupuna photograph or a specific taonga you would like your child to wear or hold, bring those with them.

Getting their photo taken is not compulsory but we encourage students to give it a go. Photographs will be taken Thursday 20th June in one of our tuakana whare.

Matariki Karakia

9 students will be selected to read out one of the Matariki karakia on Thursday 27th at Hihiaua Cultural Centre for our Matariki dawn ceremony. If your child is selected they would need to be there at 6.00am. Parents of students who are selected will be informed next Monday 17th June. Students will be provided with their karakia, which is only short, to learn. The karakia will be found at this link (Matariki Karakia)


No Basketball for week 8 – Will resume Thursday 27 June 2024

  • Paetata – 4.15pm
  • TKW Kotiro – 5.00pm
  • TKW Tama – 6.30pm


Kia ora e te whānau!

This week we had a group of Year 11 and 12 students attend an automotive workshop at NorthTec Monday to Wednesday.  They gained knowledge in petrol and diesel engines, the tools and equipment used within the automotive industry, and how to disassemble and reassemble a 4 stroke engine.  We are very proud of the commitment and effort these akonga gave over the 3 days.

Taihoronukurangi pitched his business idea to the YES Regional Judges this week. His business Battle Belts are personalised weight lifting belts designed to improve ideal biomechanics when performing lifting activities in your workout.  Tai’s presentation was well prepared and clear and informative, the judges were impressed with his innovation and entrepreneurship.  Excellent work Tai!

Back at kura we are still focussing on our Kia Mātau pou.  Many of our Year 12 ākonga are very close to completing NCEA Level 2 through a mix of vocational, Te Ao Haka and tikanga achievements.  We are developing a plan for next term for these students to start NCEA Level 2, gain work experience, develop skills for once they leave kura as well as focusing on the core skills of literacy, numeracy and Te Reo Māori.

Ngā mihi, Whaea Brenda



As the Winter months get colder and wetter, they also bring with them more bugs and illnesses.  We are seeing a few cases of Strep Throat hitting our tamariki and we want to make sure whanau are aware of the signs and symptoms.

A child’s untreated sore throat (‘strep throat’) can lead to rheumatic fever.
Rheumatic fever is a serious preventable disease which may cause permanent heart damage.

Strep throat and Rheumatic Fever is not uncommon in Northland.  Those most at risk are:

  • Children aged between 5 -15 years
  • Māori and Pasifika (>95% of cases in Northland are Māori or Pasifika)
  • People who share a house with lots of others.

Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever often starts with a sore throat (a streptococcal infection).  A few weeks later, the following symptoms may develop:

  • sore or swollen joints
  • a skin rash
  • a fever
  • stomach pain
  • jerky movements

By taking sore throats seriously, we can help prevent lifelong illness and suffering for our tamariki.

  • Stop sore throats hurting hearts. An untreated sore throat (‘strep throat’) can lead to rheumatic fever, or rheumatic heart disease which can cause serious heart problems.
  • If a child complains of a sore throat, make sure they are checked by a doctor.
  • If a ‘strep throat’ is diagnosed, the doctor will usually prescribe a 10-day course of antibiotics.
  • It is important to complete the whole 10-day course to prevent rheumatic fever from developing.

Ngā Mihi
Whaea Karlene
Hauora Coordinator


See Calendar for Key Events




Along with disallowing cell phones and IT devices from being used in Kura (unless part of a lesson and allowed for learning by Pouako) another Government policy being measured is Student Attendance.  See below:

The Government has set a target of 80% regular attendance each term by 2030.

Attendance is linked to both student wellbeing and to attainment. Ministry of Education insights studies show that attending Kura regularly is, on average, associated with more positive wellbeing outcomes.  Attendance is also linked to student attainment especially in secondary students.

Although we have a good attendance rate across the Kura, it can be better.  Our attendance across both sites is usually around mid-high 70s.

We understand that there are valid and important reasons for ākonga to be out of school at times and this is ok but please let the tari know when and why your child is absent.

Tari Year 7-13 ring Whaea Jackie: (09) 955 9996

Tari Year 1-6 ring Whaea Sam: (09) 438 8033

Automated text notification of absence

We have reinitiated our automated text message system for absences starting next week.  If your child is marked with an unknown absence in the morning on an automatic text message will be sent to the primary caregiver(s) to notify them.

Thank you very much to all whanau who have responded to these texts either by replying or contacting the office.  This has made a significant difference to the number of unjustified absences we have.



Te Kāpehu Whetū has worked with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and align with the National Education and Learning Priorities. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our school board has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented.

We invite you to visit the site at School Docs


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 

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates